Rethinking occupational integration

Mary L. Gatta, Patricia A. Roos

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This paper uses US Census data from 1970 to 1990 to focus on "integrated" occupations-those in which men and women are approximately equally represented. We focus on the extensive variability that exists across these nominally integrated occupations, specifically their social demography and the paths by which they reach compositional sex equity. We also examine the link between occupational integration and race/sex succession, and explore the earnings consequences of working in mixed occupations. Our findings suggest that integration means quite different things at different levels of the occupational hierarchy and for the women and men integrating sex-atypical occupations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-402
Number of pages34
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Gender equity
  • Occupations
  • Sex integration
  • Sex segregation


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