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In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America
In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America by Alice Kessler-Harris 0195158024 9780195158021
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In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America by Alice Kessler-Harris

In this volume, Alice Kessler-Harris explores the transformation of some of the United States most significant social policies. Tracing changing ideals of fairness from the 1920s to the 1970s, she shows how a deeply embedded set of beliefs, or gendered imagination shaped seemingly neutralsocial legislation to limit the freedom and equality of women. Law and custom generally sought to protect women from exploitation, and sometimes from employment itself; but at the same time, they assigned the most important benefits to wage work. Most policy makers (even female ones) assumed fromthe beginning that women would not be breadwinners. Kessler-Harris shows how ideas about what was fair for men as well as women influenced old age and unemployment insurance, fair labor standards, Federal income tax policy, and the new discussion of womens rights that emerged after World War II.Only in the 1960s and 1970s did the gendered imagination begin to alter--yet the process is far from complete.

Author: Alice Kessler-Harris

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 384

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2003-02-06

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