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A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences / Edition 1

A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences / Edition 1

by Alice Kessler-HarrisAlice Kessler-Harris


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In this pathbreaking book, Alice Kessler-Harris explores the meanings of women's wages in the United States in the twentieth century, focusing on three sets of issues that capture the transformation of women's roles: the battle over minimum wage for women, which exposes the relationship between family ideology and workplace demands; the argument over equal pay for equal work, which challenges gendered patterns of self-esteem and social organization; and the current debate over comparable worth, which seeks to incorporate traditionally female values into new work and family trajectories. Together these issues trace the many ways in which gendered meaning has been produced, transmitted, and challenged.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813108032
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 07/25/1991
Series: Blazer Lectures
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Alice Kessler-Harris is R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History and professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous books, including In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America; Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States; and A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

1 The Wage Conceived: Value and Need as Measures of a Woman's Worth 7

2 Law and a Living: The Gendered Content of "Free Labor" in the Progressive Period 31

3 Providers: An Exploration of Gender Ideology in the 1930s 53

4 The Double Meaning of Equal Pay 75

5 The Just Price, the Free Market, and the Value of Women 105

6 A Woman's Wage, Redux 121

Acknowledgments 143

Notes 145

Index 177

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