By Alice Kessler-Harris
In this quantity, Kessler-Harris pierces the outside of arguments and laws to understand the preconceptions that experience formed the adventure of girls: a "gendered mind's eye" that has outlined what women and men alike examine as reasonable and fascinating. during this magnificent account that lines social coverage from the recent Deal to the Nineteen Seventies, she exhibits how a deeply embedded set of ideals has distorted likely impartial social laws to extra restrict the liberty and equality of ladies. govt ideas as a rule sought to guard girls from exploitation, even from employment itself; yet while, they connected an important advantages to salary paintings. To be a true citizen, one needs to earn--and so much policymakers (even lady ones) assumed from the start that ladies weren't, and shouldn't be breadwinners. Kessler-Harris lines the influence of this gender bias within the New Deal courses of Social safety, unemployment assurance, and reasonable hard work criteria, in Federal source of revenue tax coverage, and the hot dialogue of women's rights that emerged after global conflict II. "For generations," she writes, "American girls lacked no longer purely the perform, yet often the belief of person monetary freedom." basically within the Nineteen Sixties and '70s did outdated assumptions start to holiday down--yet the method is much from complete.
Even at the present time, with ladies toward complete financial citizenship than ever sooner than, Kessler-Harris's insights provide a prepared new knowing of the problems that dominate the headlines, from the wedding penalty within the tax code to the glass ceiling in company America.
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In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America by Alice Kessler-Harris