The secretary as supporter, team worker and independent: a case for societal comparison

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Recent developments in cross-national comparisons of women's work have led to some new and challenging findings. This article aims to contribute to this debate by presenting one study which examined secretarial work in three European countries. The methodological issues connected with cross-national research on gender are addressed, and it is suggested that the 'societal' approach offers the most potential for cross-national gender research. Findings are discussed in the areas of demographics, education and training, job content and mobility, and interlinkages between national institutions and the secretarial occupation are explored. Differences between the national samples highlight the importance of carrying out cross-national research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-216
Number of pages12
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes

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