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WSI: Key research topics: Gender Research
The focus of WSI gender studies is on the job inequality of men and women and ways to overcome it.
In particular, research is concerned with gender-specific differences in the labour market and in firms, in terms of income and working hours, but also with correlations between gender arrangements beyond the male breadwinner model and changes in the world of work and social security. Gender-specific inequalities are closely associated with the divided perception of socially necessary work as (recognised) gainful employment, on the one hand, and (hardly recognised) care work on the other. The social organisation of work is looked at in its impact on gender relations. The life course approach enables the research to consider overlaps and (recurring) transitions between phases of gainful employment and care work as well as the protection of the different phases and transitions, and in doing so to draw attention to the need to reform equality policy.
Main research topics
social inequality of men and women over the life course - gender inequality at work - gender pay gap, working time gap - trends in paid employment and unpaid care work - household income relations and division of household tasks