In Pursuit of Equity Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America

ISBN-10: 0195158024
ISBN-13: 9780195158021
Edition: 2003
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 9.21" wide x 6.10" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

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 neutral social 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 from the 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 women's 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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Responsibilities of Life
The Mere Fact of Sex
A Practical Independence
A Man-Run Company
Marriage: A Defining Condition
Maintaining Self-Respect
Self-Help Is the Best Help
Have We Lost Courage?
A Sieve with Holes
A Foundling Dumped upon the Doorstep
Questions of Equity
Matters of Right
The Hardest Problem of the Whole Thing
They Feel That They Have Lost Citizenship
It Would Be a Great Comfort to Him
A Principle of Law but Not of Justice
Apportioning the Income Tax
More Than Money Is Involved
To Confer a Special Benefit on the Marital Relationship
What Discriminates?
How're You Going to Feel?
The President's Commission on the Status of Women
Calling into Question the Entire Doctrine of Sex
Equal Pay for Equal Work
What's Fair?
Constructing an Equal Opportunity Framework
Standing with Lot's Wife
Divided Women
At First Glance, the Idea May Seem Silly
History Is Moving in This Direction
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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