A comparison of the allocation of male and female occupational prestige*


  • *This work was supported by a grant from the Department of Manpower and Immigration, Government of Canada. We are indebted to Margrit Eichler of OISE for her supportive role and continued interest in our work. We appreciate the insightful comments and suggestions that were offered to us by John Goyder, Alf Hunter, Burton Leathers, Powhatan Woolridge, and the journal's reviewers. Thanks also to Peter Pineo and John Porter for providing us with their data on occupational prestige.


Ce travail cherche à répondre à deux questions: de quel façon le sexe d'un ouvrier influence l'évaluation du prestige professionnel, et quelle est la relation existant entre la composition des sexes par rapport aux occupations, et l'évaluation du prestige professionnel lorsque le sexe des ouvriers est pris en considération. Trois échelles du prestige professionnel (traditionnelle, masculine, féminine) sont créées. Les résultats indiquent des différences dans l'ordre hiérarchique et les niveaux moyens du prestige professionnel masculin et féminin. De plus, la composition par sexe des occupations influence le statut social des occupations de deux façons différentes.

This paper is concerned with two questions: how does the sex of the worker influence the evaluation of occupational prestige, and what is the relationship between the sex composition of occupations and the evaluation of occupational prestige when the sex of the worker is taken into consideration? Three occupational prestige scales (traditional, male, and female) are created. The results show differences in both the rank order and mean levels of male and female occupational prestige. In addition the sex composition of occupations is shown to influence the social standing of occupations in two separate ways.