This abstract is summarized by IPR based on the original journal article in Gender & Society
Robyn Lewis Brown, Ph.D., and Mairead Eastin Moloney, Ph.D., explored ways in which status-based and structural aspects of work undermine women and people with physical disabilities.
Two waves of panel interviews were conducted with residents of Miami Dade County, Florida. 1,986 first-wave interviews were conducted in 2000 2001, and a second-wave of 1,473 interviews was conducted in 2004. The researchers integrated research on workplace disadvantages faced by women and people with disadvantages in order to examine how intersectionality plays a role.
Key findings include:
1.) Gender and disability indirectly affect well-being because of their association with employment-related factors (personal income, occupational prestige, exposure to a stressful workplace, job autonomy, job creativity).
2.) Women with disabilities are exposed to more workplace stress and are less likely to experience autonomous work conditions than women without disabilities and men with and without disabilities.
3.) Women and men with little or no disability appear to experience relative income parity, experiences of workplace stress exposure, and autonomous working conditions, whereas the most pronounced disparities are observed between women and men with more severe disabilities.
Read the full study to learn how gender and disability influence individuals’ experiences in the workplace.
Brown, R. & Moloney, M. (2018). Intersectionality, work, and well-being: The effects of gender and disability. Gender & Society, 33, 94-122