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dc.contributor.advisorGiuffre, Patti
dc.contributor.authorStarustka, Kathleen Lowry
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-14T21:27:04Z
dc.date.available2013-11-14T21:27:04Z
dc.date.issued2013-11-07
dc.date.submittedDecember 2013
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4863
dc.description.abstractThis study focuses on women who work in the railroad industry as a case study of male-dominated occupations. My theoretical approach utilizes Acker’s theory of gendered organizations to explore how the railroad industry continues to marginalize women by incorporating structures that are modeled by male ideology. I use qualitative methods that include face-to-face interviews and email correspondence with 18 women who are either currently employed or have previously worked for a railroad. My findings reveal several gendered practices in railroad work. Harassment towards the women I interviewed from male coworkers is common, particularly by their immediate supervisors. Inadequate layoff policies adversely affect women with children forcing some to choose between their jobs or having a family. Unions do very little to protect women railroad workers, leaving them vulnerable to unfair treatment by their employers. I conclude with the shortcomings of my study and suggestions for future research to examine why women do not seek out the high paying jobs railroads offer
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dc.format.extent70 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectRailroads
dc.subjectWomen
dc.subjectFemale
dc.subjectMale-dominated occupations
dc.subject.lcshWomen railroad employeesen_US
dc.subject.lcshRailroads--Social aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshSex discrimination against women--United Statesen_US
dc.titleInequality on the Rails: A Qualitative Study of Women's Experiences in the Railroad Industry
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWatt, Toni
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCancino, Jeffrey
thesis.degree.departmentSociology
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
txstate.departmentSociology


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