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Economics: Industrial Labor: North America
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Nearly half of all adult women in North America are employed. Although the corresponding figure for males is higher, the gender gap in employment has been narrowing over time. In fact, female employment has grown at a higher rate in the past decade than the rate for males in both Canada and the United States. Similar to their male counterparts, the distribution of female employment by sector has been concentrated in the service sector, fo…

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Paul, Bimal Kanti, “Economics: Industrial Labor: North America”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0233b>
First published online: 2009

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