The Work Week, Episode 3: Gender Segregation In The Workplace : The Indicator from Planet Money The most common jobs for men and the most common jobs for women tend to be different — and this separation has big effects for everyone.

The Work Week, Episode 3: Gender Segregation In The Workplace

The Work Week, Episode 3: Gender Segregation In The Workplace

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This episode is a part of our week-long series, The Work Week, where we're rerunning some of our favorite stories about the labor market. This story originally ran in March of 2019.

Gender segregation is the idea that jobs in some occupations are overwhelmingly done by men, while jobs in other occupations are overwhelmingly done by women. Today on The Indicator, our friend Martha Gimbel from the Indeed Hiring Lab tells us why that's a big deal for women, men, and the economy as a whole.

Some of the studies, articles, and research used for this episode:

From academic journals, think tanks, and other research groups:

"Occupational segregation in the United States" in Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

"Men still pick 'blue' jobs and women 'pink' jobs" in The Economist.

Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn, "The Gender Wage Gap: Extent, Trends, and Explanations," in the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Claudia Goldin, "A Grand Gender Convergence," in the American Economic Review.

Natasha Quadlin, "The Mark of a Woman's Record: Gender and Academic Performance in Hiring," in American Sociological Review.

Yue Qian and Wen Fan, "Men and Women at Work: Occupational Gender Composition and Affective Well-Being in the United States," in Journal of Happiness Studies.

"20 Facts About U.S. Inequality that Everyone Should Know" in Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality.

Jed Kolko, "The Fastest-Growing Traditionally Male Jobs" in Indeed Hiring Lab.

Jed Kolko and Claire Cain Miller, "As Labor Market Tightens, Women Are Moving Into Male-Dominated Jobs," in New York Times.

Zameena Mejia, "Just 24 female CEOs lead the companies on the 2018 Fortune 500 — fewer than last year" in CNBC.

Music: "Breakfast To Go".

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