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Out To Work a History of Wage Earning Women in the United States

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This pioneering work traces the transformation of "women's work" into wage labor in the U.S. from colonial days to the present and identifies the social, economic, and ideological forces that have shaped our expectations of what women do. Basing her observations upon the personal experience of individual American women set against the backdrop of American society at the time, Alice Kessler-Harris examines the effects of class, ethnic and racial patterns, changing perceptions of wage work for women, and the relationship between wage-earning and family roles. By tracking the historical integration of women into the labor force, the author argues that women's current efforts to gain full economic equality are part of a larger process that is destined to succeed.

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"In this fine and expansive work, Alice Kessler-Harris traces the history of wage-earning women in America from colonial times through the present." New Directions for Women

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"Without doubt, one of the most influential and well-written books on the subject yet to appear. A real must for courses on labor history or women's history." Marlette Rebhorn, Austin Community College

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"Does an outstanding job integrating women's history and labor history. I am especially impressed by the interplay of culture and technology in this sophisticated analysis." M. Bellesiles, Emory University

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"[A] highly readable, wide ranging and exciting synthesis of the history of women's work — the best one volume treatment I've seen." Barbara Melosh, George Mason University

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"At last — a study that sees women's family work and paid work as an interconnected whole! Kessler-Harris' sophisticated analysis of the relationship of work-force segmentation and cultural attitudes about women's role makes an important advance, blending Labor and Women's History in a highly readable text." Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

About the Author

Alice Kessler-Harris is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Work and Leisure at Hofstra University. She is author of Women Have Always Worked and co-editor of Past Imperfect: Alternative Essays in American History

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195033533
Subtitle:
The History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States
Author:
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Author:
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Author:
null, Alice
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
History, American | Women
Copyright:
Series Volume:
9112
Publication Date:
19830714
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.02x5.44x.79 in. .79 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS - English 9780195033533 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In this fine and expansive work, Alice Kessler-Harris traces the history of wage-earning women in America from colonial times through the present."
"Review" by , "Without doubt, one of the most influential and well-written books on the subject yet to appear. A real must for courses on labor history or women's history."
"Review" by , "Does an outstanding job integrating women's history and labor history. I am especially impressed by the interplay of culture and technology in this sophisticated analysis."
"Review" by , "[A] highly readable, wide ranging and exciting synthesis of the history of women's work — the best one volume treatment I've seen."
"Review" by , "At last — a study that sees women's family work and paid work as an interconnected whole! Kessler-Harris' sophisticated analysis of the relationship of work-force segmentation and cultural attitudes about women's role makes an important advance, blending Labor and Women's History in a highly readable text."
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