ERIC Number: ED191941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Metropolitan Professional Sexual Differentiation, 1970: An Ecological Profile.
Johnson, Gordon C., Jr.
From the perspective of contemporary human ecology, this paper presents a descriptive analysis of sexual differentiation in professional occupations, using data provided for the large metropolitan labor forces of the United States in 1970. Aggregate profile characteristics of the total metropolitan labor force [the combined professional work forces of the 125 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) with populations of 250,000 in 1970] are examined. A summary description of professional sexual segregation is then presented, treating the metropolitan occupational structures independently. The profile data show that most professions are male dominant, and that males are more diffusely distributed than females. In addition, it is shown that, according to the segregation indexes examined, about sixty percent of the members of either sex would have to be occupationally relocated for equality to be obtained. knowledge of the region of location, size, and female percentage of the labor force of an SMSA is said, however, to either accent or attenuate such expectations. Southern and Northern SMSAs are above average in professional sexual differentiation and Western SMSAs are somewhat below, but these differences disappear when data are disaggregated by subregion. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (April, 1979). For a related document see UD 020 818.