Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Urban and Public Affairs

Committee Chair

Kelly, Janet

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Rollins, Aaron

Committee Member

Rollins, Aaron

Committee Member

Exmeyer, Patrick

Author's Keywords

public administration; gender; occupational segregation; pay equity; state government; Kentucky


Fifty-eight years have passed since the Title VII of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 was signed into law, yet discrimination in employment still occurs; the Kentucky Executive Branch is no exception. This paper will use Theodore Lowi’s agency typology and EEOC categorical data from the 2012 and 2020 Kentucky Office of Diversity and Employment Training Semi-Annual Report on Female and Minority Employment (SAR) to identify gendered occupational segregation in three distinct Executive Branch agencies, address potential contributing factors and areas of change (Alkadry & Tower, 2006; Lowi, 1985; Newman, 1994; Escriche, 2007). Addressing any underlying discriminatory practices that may be systemic in the Kentucky Executive Branch is crucial to achieving an end to occupational segregation, bringing Kentucky closer to the goal of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. First, an acknowledgment that there is a problem must be made. Kentucky has a problem.