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LIMITED ACCESS: Gender, Occupational Composition, and Flexible Work Scheduling


Rebecca Glauber, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, New Hampshire 03824; e-mail:


The current study draws on national data to explore differences in access to flexible work scheduling by the gender composition of women's and men's occupations. Results show that those who work in integrated occupations are more likely to have access to flexible scheduling. Women and men do not take jobs with lower pay in return for greater access to flexibility. Instead, jobs with higher pay offer greater flexibility. Integrated occupations tend to offer the greatest access to flexible scheduling because of their structural locations. Part-time work is negatively associated with men's access to flexible scheduling but positively associated with women's access. Women have greater flexibility when they work for large establishments, whereas men have greater flexibility when they work for small establishments.

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