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patriarchal dividend

Definition of Patriarchal Dividend

(noun) “[T]he advantage to men as a group from maintaining an unequal gender order. Money income is not the only kind of benefit. Others are authority, respect, service, safety, housing, access to institutional power, emotional support, and control over one’s own life. The patriarchal dividend, of course, is reduced as overall gender equality grows” (Connell 2009:142).

Patriarchal Dividend Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: pa·tri·ar·chal div·i·dend

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pay-tree-AHR-kuhl dIv-uh-dend/
  • British English – /pAY-triah-kuhl dIv-i-dend/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌpeɪtriˈɑrkəl ˈdɪvɪˌdɛnd/
  • British English – /ˌpeɪtrɪˈɑːkəl ˈdɪvɪdɛnd/

Usage Note

  • Plural: patriarchal dividends

Additional Information

Related Terms


Connell, Raewyn. 2009. Gender: In World Perspective. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Polity.

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