The incorporation of women into the public sector in Chile, 1860–1930: from rejection to encouragement

Diego Barría Traverso, Manuel Llorca-Jaña, Nathaly Sepúlveda

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations

Abstract

The incorporation of women into the public arena has increasingly attracted the attention of scholars in public administration. Yet there has been little analysis of this phenomenon from a long-term perspective. This article is an evaluation of the integration of women into the public sector in Chile from the mid-nineteenth century to the Great Depression, c.1860–1930. Based on the national budget and statistical yearbooks, the article provides the first estimates of Chilean female public employees, identifying the main sectors they entered, and analyzing both social and political factors which permitted the entrance of women into public administration. The employment of women in public agencies was facilitated by a change in the role assigned to women in society, fiscal crises, the emergence of nationalistic economic ideas, the actions of the feminist movement, and changes in the way administrative tasks were conceived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-155
Number of pages23
JournalManagement and Organizational History
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Female public employment
  • administrative history
  • gender
  • public administration

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The incorporation of women into the public sector in Chile, 1860–1930: from rejection to encouragement'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this