Automation & Future of Work

Women are a majority (58 percent) of workers in jobs that are at high risk of automation even though they make up less than half (47 percent) of the U.S. workforce. IWPR’s research explores the impact of technological change on women’s and men’s employment in the United States, with an emphasis on the likely effects for women, given the jobs women are concentrated in and the disproportionate share of home and family care done by women. IWPR’s comprehensive report, Women, Automation, and the Future of Work, explores gender segregation of the U.S. labor market and trends in digitalizing jobs, gig work, and high-tech fields. This work continues IWPR’s gender analysis of the labor market and the divergent experiences of women of different races and ethnicities.


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