Gender-Crossing, Work-Family Configurations, and Career Outcomes


  • Caryn Medved

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2009


  • Gender
  • Public Policy
  • Roles


  • Family Studies
  • Labor Studies


This encyclopedia entry explores four interconnected areas of social science literature focusing on work and family gender-crossing experiences and effects. These are studies of: (a) men performing women’s traditional work roles (e.g., nurses, day-care workers, administrative assistants), (b) women performing men’s customary occupational roles (e.g., women CEOs and senior executives, welders, carpenters), (c) women performing men’s historic family roles (e.g., breadwinning mothers), and (d) men taking on customary women’s family roles (e.g., at-home fathers). Three implications for work-family research and practice are discussed in this final section: changing hegemonic assumptions, motivating men into “women’s work,” and focusing on workplace policy.

Link: Gender_Crossing encyclopedia