This paper is an exploratory examination of the effects of government service privatization on women in the United States workforce. In the past decade, the process of transferring service provision from government to profit-making organizations has increased significantly, yet little systematic effort has been directed toward understanding the implications of this trend for workers. Our investigation draws on prior literature, secondary data, and a small primary data set to suggest ways in which increasing trends of government service privatization may adversely affect future work opportunities in the U.S., especially those available to women. Our investigation suggests that both relative to white males and absolutely, women's rank, wages, and future advancement opportunities will be negatively affected by declining government work opportunities.
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- Social Sciences(all)
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine