Women in the Age of Economic Transformation: Impact of by N. Aslanbeigui

By N. Aslanbeigui

Adjustments are sweeping the area economic climate and are such a lot obvious in post-socialist Europe and within the constructing international. This quantity examines the impression those alterations are having on girls. The authors speak about the facts of gender bias and succeed in a few telling if unsurprising conclusions. whatever the kingdom concerned, the findings aspect to constant woman drawback within the transformation technique.

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These differing expectations should ultimately be reflected in lower wages for women relative to men. However, this assumption is only partially borne out by the statistical data. 6 show that Polish women constituted 48 per cent of all college graduates in a country where no bachelor degrees are granted and each graduate matriculates with a master’s degree or above. 5 Acquired education level of women, 1988 Source: Rocznik Statystyczny Polski (Poland’s Statistical Yearbook) (1989:72; 1990:43). 6 Percentages of female degree recipients by field, 1986 and 1989 Source: Rocznik Statystyczny Polski (Poland’s Statistical Yearbook) (1987:473; 1990: 473).

3 that women also constituted more than 25 per cent of the Polish Communist Party’s membership in the 1980s, which was then the centre of political power. These Party membership figures are, however, somewhat overstated. Since power within the Party was highly centralized, women holding ministerial and other governmental posts typically served more as functionaries then decision-makers, though retaining some degree of discretion. All top Communist Party positions were held by men (Kuratowska 1991:10).

THE PROSPECTS FOR EAST GERMAN WOMEN 19 The construction industry reduced its overall employment, yet offered new jobs for (male) construction workers (skilled and unskilled). The same is true for some branches of the chemical industry and mechanical engineering (DIW 1991). Banking, insurance and real estate, consulting and other commercial services were highly feminized (about 80 per cent) under communist rule. But the new positions opening up in these industries have requirements that are substantially dif ferent from the past.

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