Telling Stories Out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination

Telling Stories Out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination

by Liza Featherstone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801445302

ISBN-13: 9780801445309

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Telling Stories out of Court reaches readers on both an intellectual and an emotional level, helping them to think about, feel, and share the experiences of women who have faced sexism and discrimination at work. It focuses on how the federal courts interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Offering insights that law texts alone cannot, the short stories

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Telling Stories out of Court reaches readers on both an intellectual and an emotional level, helping them to think about, feel, and share the experiences of women who have faced sexism and discrimination at work. It focuses on how the federal courts interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Offering insights that law texts alone cannot, the short stories collected here-all but two written for this volume-help readers concentrate on the emotional content of the experience with less emphasis on the particulars of the law. Grouped into thematic parts titled "In Their Proper Place," "Unfair Treatment," "Sexual Harassment," and "Hidden Obstacles," the narratives are combined with interpretive commentary and legal analysis that anchor the book by revealing the impact this revolutionary law had on women in the workplace.

About the Author:
Ruth O'Brien is Professor and Executive Officer of the Political Science PhD Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801445309
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Liza Featherstone     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Women's Work: Writing Politics, Sharing Stories   Ruth O'Brien     1
In Their Proper Place
Dream Man   Susan Oard Warner     21
LaKeesha's Job Interview   Bebe Moore Campbell     29
Games Women Play   Achim Nowak     34
Gender Roles: Roadblocks to Equality?   Risa L. Lieberwitz     40
Unfair Treatment
Getting Even   Harriet Kriegel     53
Trading Patients   C. G. K. Atkins     68
Flint   Ellen Dannin     80
Bad Intentions   Risa L. Lieberwitz     90
Sexual Harassment
Plato, Again   Stephen Kuusisto     111
Be Who You Are   Aurelie Sheehan     116
Hwang's Missing Hand   Eileen Pollack     130
Sexual Harassment: Gaining Respect and Equality   Risa L. Lieberwitz     146
Hidden Obstacles
Artifact   Catherine Lewis     161
Final Cut   Kristen Iversen     176
Vacation Days   Alice Elliott Dark     192
It's All in the Numbers: The Toll Discrimination Takes   Risa L. Lieberwitz     198
Notes     213
Contributors     235
Index     239

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