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Occupational Segregation Readings

March 17:

March 19:

Written Assignment (due March 19): Answer all parts of the following assignment fully; when referring to the readings, cite properly, including page numbers.

The case of EEOC v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. raised a debate about whether the large statistical imbalance between the number of men and women in certain occupations or levels of employment was due to different choices typically made by men and women or whether it was the result of discrimination. Explain how both Nancy Dowd and Vicki Schultz attempt to go beyond this either/or explanation. What are the limitations of discrimination analysis according to Dowd? What does she argue is more fundamentally at issue and how does she think this can be changed? Explain the "new account of the dynamics of job segregation" (654) that Schultz proposes. Did you agree with the analysis of either (or both) of these authors? Why or why not?

Women and Law Syllabus
January 1998