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WOMEN AND EQUALITY: THE ACQUISITION OF EQUAL PAY IN THE POST OFFICE 1870-1961

Keith Grint
Sociology
Vol. 22, No. 1 (February, 1988), pp. 87-108
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42854659
Page Count: 22
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WOMEN AND EQUALITY: THE ACQUISITION OF EQUAL PAY IN THE POST OFFICE 1870-1961
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Abstract

While gender-related inequalities at work remain common, examples of their elimination, though rare, do exist. This paper provides an empirical examination of the acquisition of equal pay by women in the Post Office between 1870 and 1961. Using the dual theoretical axes of strategic action and structural constraint, it focuses upon the collective action of social groups, and the structural constraints within which they acted. Arguing that structure and action cannot be isolated from each other except for heuristic purposes, it concludes that men were the primary inhibitors of equal pay, and politically buttressed market forces its crucial promoter.

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