Gender Equality Prospects and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The prospects for gender equality arising from the fourth industrial revolution depend on current differences in the position of women and men in the division of both paid and unpaid work. Women in all societies are more involved in unpaid care work than men, though the amount of unpaid care work varies between countries and social classes according to family size, social norms and the availability of substitute services. Socio-economic differences mean that the immediate impacts from the fourth industrial revolution on employment and care work are likely to have gender-specific impacts. To trace the likely patterns of these effects, this chapter begins by outlining some potential outcomes, based on the assumption that there will be no significant change in employment regulation, social protection and gender equality arrangements. We also recognise that the fourth industrial revolution has the potential to facilitate social change; with this in mind, we outline a number of recommendations.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWork in the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
EditorsM Neufeind, Jackie O’Reilly, Florian Ranft
PublisherRowman & Littlefield International
ISBN (Electronic)9781786609076
ISBN (Print)9781786609069
Publication statusPublished - 2018