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In this pathbreaking book, Alice Kessler-Harris explores the meanings of women’s wages in the United States in the twentieth century, focusing on three sets of issues that capture the transformation of women’s roles: the battle over minimum wage for women, which exposes the relationship between family ideology and workplace demands; the argument over equal pay for equal work, which challenges gendered patterns of self-esteem and social organization; and the current debate over comparable worth, which seeks to incorporate traditionally female values into new work and family trajectories. Together these issues trace the many ways in which gendered meaning has been produced, transmitted, and challenged.
"Argues persuasively for a feminist viewpoint grounded in intense historical analysis. A challenging, thought-provoking book."—Library Journal
"Poses hard, pressing questions about wage justice and provides the historical perspective that is needed to answer them."—New York Times Book Review
"A rich collection of essays about the gendered construction of the wage in the twentieth-century United States."—Women’s Review of Books
The University Press of Kentucky
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Wages, Women's wages, Minimum wage, Comparable worth, Women and work
Kessler-Harris, Alice, "A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences" (1991). Women's Studies. 10.