Chapter 1: Sex and Gender in the New Millennium Next Chapter

Karen Korabik

In: Handbook of Gender & Work

Chapter 1: Sex and Gender in the New Millennium

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Sex and Gender in the New Millennium
Sex and gender in the new millennium

Ever since the Garden of Eden, issues of sex and gender have affected the life of every human being on our planet. Only relatively recently, however, have these topics become the focus of systematic investigation by researchers. This chapter examines the changes that have occurred in our thinking about sex and gender during the 20th century, discusses the effect that this has had on organizations and organizational research, and identifies the issues needing attention in the new millennium.

The Doctrine of Separate Spheres

At the start of the 20th century, the accepted notion of gender roles in Western culture was based on the doctrine of separate spheres (Hunter College Women's Studies Collective [hereafter Hunter ...

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