Wedded to the Car: Women, Employment and the Importance of Private Transport

This study explores current links between gender, mobility and employment. The importance of private transport in allowing women to access employment is investigated using primary research undertaken in the northeast of England. The paper outlines the evidence base which exists to consider the impact of mobility on social exclusion. It then analyses the links between women, transport and the labor market, women's transportation choices, and the relationship between women's access to private transportation and their employment position. The authors conclude that access to private transportation is a key factor in determining women's economic inclusion. Even when women have high levels of access to public transportation, the use of private transportation is essential in order to allow them to negotiate the complexities of linking home and work. Many of these complexities have been exacerbated by the spatial mismatch between the areas where women live and the jobs and services available to them. As policy makers seek to develop more sustainable transportation systems, it is clear that they must recognize the complexity of women's transportation needs.


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  • Accession Number: 01002083
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2005 5:01PM