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After the Fall of the WallLife Courses in the Transformation of East Germany$
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Martin Diewald, Anne Goedicke, and Karl Ulrich Mayer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752084

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.001.0001

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Lost in Transformation? Disparities of Gender and Age

Lost in Transformation? Disparities of Gender and Age

(p.116) Chapter Six Lost in Transformation? Disparities of Gender and Age
After the Fall of the Wall
Heike Trappe
Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses the relative fortunes of women in the transformation. It examines two employment outcomes: becoming and remaining unemployed; and obtaining and sustaining positions of authority or stable employment positions. Over the course of the 1990s, a shift occurred in the gender regime in East Germany and thus a partial convergence toward the gendered arrangement prevalent in West Germany. This shift involved a move from a dual-earner/state-carer society toward a dual-earner/female part-time homemaker arrangement, in which men were employed full time while their partners held part-time jobs and retained the majority of care-giving responsibilities. It resulted primarily from some voluntary reduction in East German women's labor supply, compounded by severe demand-side constraints that hit women especially hard.

Keywords:   East Germany, women's opportunities, women's labor supply, dual-earner society, state-carer society, East German women

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