Persistent inequalities: The distribution of money, time and care

Gabrielle Meagher*

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Abstract

Inequality and the redistributive impact of public policies have been central themes in Frank Stilwell's research and in his time as a public intellectual. This chapter examines inequality in Australia in relation to the gendered distribution of money, time and care. It extends and updates Frank Stilwell and Kirrily Jordan's work on gender inequality. The methods are similar to theirs: analysis of official statistics and consideration of how feminist economists and other social scientists have explained the observable patterns. The labour market situation of women and men in Australia is analysed in some detail, both longitudinally and in cross-section, beginning with temporal patterns of participation and the gender pay gap in aggregate, and moving on to the gender distribution of employment between industries and occupations. The chapter concludes with a brief account of how feminist ideas have been recently mobilised in Australian wage-fixing institutions to redress some dimensions of gender inequality, and by proposing, in broad terms, some policies that might further increase gender equality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging the Orthodoxy
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on Frank Stilwell's Contribution to Political Economy
EditorsSusan K. Schroeder, Lynne Chester
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages79-100
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783642361210
ISBN (Print)364236120X, 9783642361203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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