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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Jacobs, Anna Weller
URN etd-01212015-120505
Title Hours, Scheduling, and Flexibility for Women in the U.S. Low-Wage Labor Force
Degree Master of Arts
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Daniel B Cornfield Committee Co-Chair
Larry W Isaac Committee Co-Chair
  • low wage
  • labor
  • women
  • work
  • scheduling
Date of Defense 2015-01-20
Availability unrestricted
Research on women’s experiences with work schedules and flexibility tend to focus on professional women in high-paying careers, despite women's far greater prevalence in low-wage jobs. This paper seeks to contribute to the understanding of the work-hours problems faced by low-wage women relegated to part-time work. We address how work-on-demand scheduling and other features of part-time labor in the neoliberal economy limit women’s ability to make ends meet. Using data from17 in-depth interviews with women precariously employed in low-wage jobs, we identify four themes--unpredictable schedules, inadequate hours, time theft, and punishment-and-control via hours-reduction—and the problems they present. Results suggest that much-championed flexible work policies that seek to encourage women’s career advancement may have little bearing on the work-hours dilemmas faced by low-wage women workers. We conclude that social change efforts need to encompass work policies geared to low-wage workers, such as guaranteed minimum hours and increases in the minimum wage.
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