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Social Problems: 62 (2)

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Pamela Anne QuirozNilda Flores-González

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Occupational Sex-Typing and Internal Labor Market Distributions: An Assessment of Medical Specialties

Jill Quadagno
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/799854 442-453 First published online: 1 April 1976

Abstract

While several studies have detailed the distribution of women in the labor force, these studies have generally been concerned with external rather than internal employment markets. The present study analyzes the occupation of physician internally with regard to the distribution of males and females among the various medical specialties. Data from a questionnaire presented to male and female physicians at various stages in their medical careers are analyzed to determine whether the medical specialties are viewed in stereotypical terms. Interview material from the subjects is then used to determine how these images are translated into actual contingencies which affect the distribution of individuals in the labor force. It is concluded that the future labor market may show drastic external changes but may remain internally segregated.

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