chapter  3
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A Pattern of Decline and Its Ramifications

The previous chapter demonstrated the presence of a college-for-all bias in an environment where a minority of workers graduates with a four-year col­ lege degree. This chapter illustrates not only that the college-for-all bias has accompanied a decline in post-secondary alternatives, but also that these trends have particularly harmful consequences for non-college women work­ ers. This conclusion is reached by revealing intransigent patterns of occupa­ tional segregation by gender over time: non-college women tend to hold the same low-paying pink-collar occupations; therefore, policy intervention is needed to alter these patterns. Clearly, market forces cannot be relied upon to break the pink-collar cycle for non-college women.