Out to Work: The History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States

Out to Work: The History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States

by Alice Kessler-Harris, Kessler-Harris
     
 

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This pioneering work traces the transformation of "women's work" into wage labor in the U.S. from colonial days to the present and identifies the social, economic, and ideological forces that have shaped our expectations of what women do. Basing her observations upon the personal experience of individual American women set against the backdrop of American society

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This pioneering work traces the transformation of "women's work" into wage labor in the U.S. from colonial days to the present and identifies the social, economic, and ideological forces that have shaped our expectations of what women do. Basing her observations upon the personal experience of individual American women set against the backdrop of American society at the time, Alice Kessler-Harris examines the effects of class, ethnic and racial patterns, changing perceptions of wage work for women, and the relationship between wage-earning and family roles. By tracking the historical integration of women into the labor force, the author argues that women's current efforts to gain full economic equality are part of a larger process that is destined to succeed.

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"Does an outstanding job integrating women's history and labor history. I am especially impressed by the interplay of culture and technology in this sophisticated analysis."--M. Bellesiles, Emory University

"Without doubt, one of the most influential and well-written books on the subject yet to appear. A real must for courses on labor history or women's history."--Marlette Rebhorn, Austin Community College

"[A] fine and expansive work."--New Directions for Women

"In this fine and expansive work, Alice Kessler-Harris traces the history of wage-earning women in America from colonial times through the present."--New Directions for Women

"This brilliant account of the subtle interplay between ideology, job opportunity, and economic pressures of the times, and the manipulation of women in the labor force over the past three centuries will startle and inform."--Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"A major historical analysis of women in the wage labor force from colonial times to the present."--Sociology Reviews of New Books

"Without a doubt the single best survey of transformation of women's paid and unpaid work from the colonial period to the present."--American Historical Review

"At last--a study that sees women's family work and paid work as an interconnected whole! Kessler-Harris' sophisticated analysis of the relationship of work-force segmentation and cultural attitudes about women's role makes an important advance, blending Labor and Women's History in a highly readable text."--Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Destined to become the standard work on its subject, the indispensable book to read for anyone interested in the history of wage-earning women in America."--David Brody, University of California, Davis

"[A] highly readable, wide ranging and exciting synthesis of the history of women's work--the best one volume treatment I've seen."--Barbara Melosh, George Mason University

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ISBN-13:
9780195033533
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1982
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

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Gerda Lerner

At last�a study that sees women's family work and paid work as an interconnected whole! Kessler-Harris' sophisticated analysis of the relationship of work-force segmentation and cultural attitudes about women's role makes an important advance, blending Labor and Women's History in a highly readable text.

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