This paper outlines the relationships between women's travel disadvantage and their gender-role in society. This relationship is evaluated with specific reference to the move of women into the labour market, a move which has altered their traditional domestic role. Having outlined the nature of women's employment, its respective planning context and their low travel mobility, the first half of the paper explains their low travel mobility in terms of gender-role constraints which take 3 forms: firstly, family role-playing and car availability; secondly, family-role activity constraints on accessibility and thirdly, the impact of gender-role on travelling conditions, specifically the difficulties escorting children and the fear of sexual assault. All of these 3 aspects are shown to affect their job choices. The second part of the paper discusses both the future prospects for women's travel mobility as their demands for employment increase and also the need for a more focused analysis on women's travel issues rather than the implicit analysis it currently receives through studying the travel issues of "households" or "family life-cycles". (Author/TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Transportation Planning Research Colloquium 1983 held in Zandvoort on December 14-16, 1983. Volume I.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Colloguium Vervoersplanologisch Speurwerk

    P.O. Box 45
    Delft,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Pickup, L
    • Bovy, P H L
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00389261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM