This chapter sets the scene for the later contributions to the book, which is divided into two main parts. The first part addresses a wide range of concepts and debates about women and employment, seeking to ‘make the connections’ between different policy fields relevant to women's labour-market situation, and to take into account the most important structural features shaping the way labour markets are changing and developing. The second concentrates on the Gender and Employment in Local Labour Market (GELLM) research evidence in new ways. This book generally aims to highlight the disadvantage that women face within their local labour markets, and to show how policy, in a range of different spheres, contributes to and deepens that disadvantage, and to draw attention to some of the ways in which that situation could be changed. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is provided.
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