Sex segregation in volunteer work

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Sex segregation in the workplace - the tendency for men and women to work in different occupations and jobs - remains widespread. Domestic chores are also sex-typed, but the extent to which sex segregation is found in other forms of nonwaged work, such as volunteering, is unknown. One theory about the work/nonwork interface predicts a positive relation between the two types of activity: sex segregation will be just as common in unpaid labor. Another theory predicts a negative relation: waged work and nonpaid work are dissimilar. Maximum likelihood probit models with selection are used to estimate the incidence of sex segregation among volunteers in a nationally representative sample of adult Americans (N = 91,807). Men are more likely to occupy leadership positions than women. They are more likely to do maintenance work and teach or coach, while women are more likely to prepare and serve food or clothing, raise money, and "help out" at events. Sex segregation is most pronounced among those who volunteer to help young people, but negligible among volunteers advocating a cause. © 2007 Midwest Sociological Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rotolo, T; Wilson, J

Published Date

  • June 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 559 - 585

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-8525

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-0253

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1533-8525.2007.00089.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus