Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It

Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It

by Joan Williams
Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It

Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It

by Joan Williams

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Overview

In Unbending Gender, Joan Williams takes a hard look at the state of feminism in America. Concerned by what she finds—young women who flatly refuse to identify themselves as feminists and working-class and minority women who feel the movement hasn't addressed the issues that dominate their daily lives—she outlines a new vision of feminism that calls for workplaces focused on the needs of families and, in divorce cases, recognition of the value of family work and its impact on women's earning power.
Williams shows that workplaces are designed around men's bodies and life patterns in ways that discriminate against women, and that the work/family system that results is terrible for men, worse for women, and worst of all for children. She proposes a set of practical policies and legal initiatives to reorganize the two realms of work in employment and households—so that men and women can lead healthier and more productive personal and work lives. Williams introduces a new 'reconstructive' feminism that places class, race, and gender conflicts among women at center stage. Her solution is an inclusive, family-friendly feminism that supports both mothers and fathers as caregivers and as workers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195147148
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/13/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)

About the Author

Joan Williams is Professor and Director of the Program on Gender, Work and Family at American University Law School. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Preface: What This Book Is AboutIX
AcknowledgmentsXI
Introduction1
Part IUnbending Gender in Social Life11
Chapter 1Is Domesticity Dead?13
Chapter 2From Full Commodification to Reconstructive Feminism40
Chapter 3Deconstructing the Ideal-Worker Norm in Market Work64
Chapter 4Deconstructing the Ideal-Worker Norm in Family Entitlements114
Part IIUnbending Gender Talk (Including Feminism)143
Chapter 5How Domesticity's Gender Wars Take on Elements of Class and Race Conflict145
Chapter 6Do Women Share an Ethic of Care?: Domesticity's Descriptions of Men and Women177
Chapter 7Do Women Need Special Treatment? Do Feminists Need Equality?205
Chapter 8The New Paradigm Theorized: Domesticity in Drag243
Four Themes of Conclusion271
Notes277
Index334
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