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Getting In Is Not Enough: Women and the Global Workplace

Getting In Is Not Enough: Women and the Global Workplace


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This anthology examines women’s paid work in terms of both access to the economic system and the broader agenda of achieving feminist social change worldwide.

Generations of feminists have linked women’s empowerment, autonomy, and oppression to issues involving work. Most conflated women’s economic and political clout with gender equity, arguing that increasing women’s access to and leadership in the public workplace is crucial to the success of the feminist project. But recent debates about women's continued inability to gain equality in the workplace raise the need for new approaches to teaching about gender and employment. Getting In Is Not Enough responds to the challenge.

Drawn from almost two decades of the Feminist Formations journal, the essays in this book critically examine assumptions about access and the ways in which women affect and are affected by work in three major spheres: economic, social, and political.

Getting In Is Not Enough focuses on how access-based feminism, a term developed by Colette Morrow and Terri Ann Fredrick, has both failed and succeeded in achieving equity and justice for women and looks at how transnational feminism has addressed these concerns using a global, fundamentally transformative approach. The contributors consider a wide range of issues, from an examination of the male/female wage gap that starts when girls are teenagers, to policewomen in Persian Gulf countries, to Latinas’ politics, to Aboriginal health care workers, to secretarial work, and to feminist activism in Cuban hip hop.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421406350
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: A Feminist Formations Reader
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Colette Morrow sat on the editorial board of Feminist Formations from 2002 to 2012, served as president of the National Women's Studies Association (U.S.), and is a Senior Fulbright Scholar. Terri Ann Fredrick is an associate professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Women and Public Work Colette Morrow Terri Ann Fredrick 1

Part I Getting In Is Not Enough: The Limits of Women's Access to Public Work

1 The Cost of Being a Girl: Gender Earning Differentials in the Early Labor Markets Yasemin Besen-Cassino 25

2 Retail on the "Dole": Parasitic Employers and Women Workers Lynn S. Duggan 40

3 Economic Development Policies and Women Workers: Filipina Workers in a Japanese Transplant Niza Licuanan-Galela 61

4 The Rise of the Bangladesh Garment Industry: Globalization, Women Workers, and Voice Fauzia Erfan Ahmed 73

5 Wading through Treacle: Female Commercial School Graduates in Egypt's Informal Economy Moushira Elgeziri 85

6 The Gender Gap in Patenting: Is Technology Transfer a Feminist Issue? Sue V. Rosser 128

7 Is Sisterhood Conditional? White Women and the Rollback of Affirmative Action Tim Wise 148

Part II Beyond Getting a Foot in the Door: Women Workers Accessing Power

8 Progressive or Neo-Traditional? Policewomen in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Staci Strobl 177

9 Motivational and Attitudinal Factors among Latinas in U.S. Electoral Politics Sonia R. García Marisela Márquez 202

10 Feminists and the Welfare State: Aboriginal Health Care Workers and U.S. Community Workers of Color Nancy A. Naples Marnie Dobson 213

11 Lesbians in Academia Esther D. Rothblum 235

12 Secretarial Work, Nurturing, and the Ethic of Service Ivy Ken 242

13 Between L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and Lyric: The Poetry of Pink-Collar Resistance Karen Kovacik 264

14 "Growing the Size of the Black Woman": Feminist Activism in Havana Hip Hop Eari Nzinga 282

List of Contributors 295

Index 299

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