Gender at work : the dynamics of job segregation by sex during World War II / Ruth Milkman.

By: Milkman, Ruth, 1954-Contributor(s): American Council of Learned SocietiesMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Working class in American history; ACLS Humanities E-BookPublisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1987Description: xv, 213 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0252013522; 0252013573Subject(s): Sexual division of labor -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Women labor union members -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryLOC classification: HD6060.65.U5 | c1987Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL:
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Includes index.

Includes bibliography (p. [161]-205) and index.

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Milkman examines women's participation in the labor force from the late 1800s to just after WW II, focusing particularly on the automotive and electrical industries. She challenges the conventional wisdom that Rosie the Riveter chose to return to the role of a housewife after WW II. Although women held ``men's jobs'' during WW II, sex segregation of jobs continued. Surveys of employed women during the war revealed that the majority wanted to keep their wartime jobs, but management viewed them as temporary workers hired only ``for the duration.'' Unions encouraged female members and equal pay for women, but they did not act against sex segregation of jobs. Black males fared better in integrating white male jobs after WW II than did females. Extensive footnotes and references. Highly recommended for college and university collections.-E.P. Hoffman, Western Michigan University

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