Robert Parker Hawkins is at the Mass Communication Research Center, and Suzanne Pingree in the Women's Studies department, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Effects of Changing Proportions of the Sexes on Ratings of Occupational Prestige
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 2, Issue 4, pages 314–322, June 1978
How to Cite
Hawkins, R. P. and Pingree, S. (1978), Effects of Changing Proportions of the Sexes on Ratings of Occupational Prestige. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 2: 314–322. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1978.tb00511.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Touhey (1974) has suggested that an influx of women into high-status, male-dominated professions will result in declining prestige and desirability for those professions. The present study attempts both a replication and an extension to examine results of changing sex ratios in low-status and female-dominated occupations. Replication of the previous finding and its predicted extension to high- status women's jobs occurred only with college sophomores; juniors and seniors generally did not respond to sex composition, although they did rate high-status men's jobs as even more prestigious with a larger proportion of women employed in the job. Results for the low-status jobs were less clear, possibly reflecting the distance of college students from such occupations. Unlike Touhey's, these results are not interpreted as predicting future occupational prestige, but only as reflecting current attitudes about women and men.