Gender, occupational segregation, and the cultural divide: Are red states different than blue states?

Ann Mari May, Mary G. McGarvey

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This paper examines geographic differences in occupational segregation by sex in male-dominated, higheducation STEM and non-STEM occupations to determine if labor market conditions for women vary according to red-state/blue-state patterns. Controlling for state demographic variables, economic factors, and labor market characteristics, our results show that there are indeed differences in labor market outcomes along red-state/blue-state lines, with blue states showing more integrated labor market outcomes than red states. Our results suggest that there may indeed be important differences in labor market outcomes for women associated with values differences in red versus blue states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-199
Number of pages25
JournalReview of Regional Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Occupational segregation
  • Spatial variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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