Mom Work Versus Dad Work in Local Government

Mary Guy
  • Administration & Society, July 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0095399716641989

What is it about?

This paper reveals the gendered nature of jobs in local government.

Why is it important?

As much as we think things have changed, in fact, the data show the opposite. Here we see that stereotyped emotive behavior manifests itself in who gets hired: Men are police officers and women are elementary school teachers.


Mary Guy
University of Colorado Denver

I find it useful to hold a magnifying glass to taken-for-granted assumptions about jobs and who can perform them best. The look reveals that a conflation of gender and emotional labor results in stereotyped hiring practices.

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