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The Other Women''s Movement : Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America

By: Cobble, Dorothy Sue.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (333 p.).ISBN: 9781400840861.Subject(s): Women -- Employment -- United States | Women''s rights -- United States | Women''s rightsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Other Women''s Movement : Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern AmericaDDC classification: 305.4209730905 | 331.4 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; PREFACE; TEXT ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION: The Missing Wave; CHAPTER ONE: The Other Labor Movement; CHAPTER TWO: Social Feminism Remade; CHAPTER THREE: Women''s Job Rights; CHAPTER FOUR: Wage Justice; CHAPTER FIVE: The Politics of the "Double Day"; CHAPTER SIX: Labor Feminism at High Tide; CHAPTER SEVEN: The Torch Passes; CHAPTER EIGHT: An Unfinished Agenda; EPILOGUE: The Next Wave; ABBREVIATIONS FOR NOTES; NOTES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; PERMISSIONS; INDEX
Summary: American feminism has always been about more than the struggle for individual rights and equal treatment with men. There''s also a vital and continuing tradition of women''s reform that sought social as well as individual rights and argued for the dismantling of the masculine standard. In this much anticipated book, Dorothy Sue Cobble retrieves the forgotten feminism of the previous generations of working women, illuminating the ideas that inspired them and the reforms they secured from employers and the state. This socially and ethnically diverse movement for change emerged first from union halls and factory floors and spread to the "pink collar" domain of telephone operators, secretaries, and airline hostesses. From the 1930s to the 1980s, these women pursued answers to problems that are increasingly pressing today: how to balance work and family and how to address the growing economic inequalities that confront us. The Other Women''s Movement traces their impact from the 1940s into the feminist movement of the present. The labor reformers whose stories are told in The Other Women''s Movement wanted equality and "special benefits," and they did not see the two as incompatible. They argued that gender differences must be accommodated and that "equality" could not always be achieved by applying an identical standard of treatment to men and women. The reform agenda they championed--an end to unfair sex discrimination, just compensation for their waged labor, and the right to care for their families and communities--launched a revolution in employment practices that carries on today. Unique in its range and perspective, this is the first book to link the continuous tradition of social feminism to the leadership of labor women within that movement.
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Cover; CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; PREFACE; TEXT ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION: The Missing Wave; CHAPTER ONE: The Other Labor Movement; CHAPTER TWO: Social Feminism Remade; CHAPTER THREE: Women''s Job Rights; CHAPTER FOUR: Wage Justice; CHAPTER FIVE: The Politics of the "Double Day"; CHAPTER SIX: Labor Feminism at High Tide; CHAPTER SEVEN: The Torch Passes; CHAPTER EIGHT: An Unfinished Agenda; EPILOGUE: The Next Wave; ABBREVIATIONS FOR NOTES; NOTES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; PERMISSIONS; INDEX

American feminism has always been about more than the struggle for individual rights and equal treatment with men. There''s also a vital and continuing tradition of women''s reform that sought social as well as individual rights and argued for the dismantling of the masculine standard. In this much anticipated book, Dorothy Sue Cobble retrieves the forgotten feminism of the previous generations of working women, illuminating the ideas that inspired them and the reforms they secured from employers and the state. This socially and ethnically diverse movement for change emerged first from union halls and factory floors and spread to the "pink collar" domain of telephone operators, secretaries, and airline hostesses. From the 1930s to the 1980s, these women pursued answers to problems that are increasingly pressing today: how to balance work and family and how to address the growing economic inequalities that confront us. The Other Women''s Movement traces their impact from the 1940s into the feminist movement of the present. The labor reformers whose stories are told in The Other Women''s Movement wanted equality and "special benefits," and they did not see the two as incompatible. They argued that gender differences must be accommodated and that "equality" could not always be achieved by applying an identical standard of treatment to men and women. The reform agenda they championed--an end to unfair sex discrimination, just compensation for their waged labor, and the right to care for their families and communities--launched a revolution in employment practices that carries on today. Unique in its range and perspective, this is the first book to link the continuous tradition of social feminism to the leadership of labor women within that movement.

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Library Journal Review

This third title by Cobble (Inst. of Management & Labor Relations, Rutgers Univ.), whose first book was a history of waitress unionism (Dishing It Out) and whose second was an edited collection of essays (whose Women and Unions), shows the results of prodigious research in the service of "labor feminism," called by others "working-class feminism." She explains how this powerful and equally good form of feminism was eclipsed by "equal rights feminism," the middle-class feminism that came to dominance in the 1960s. Labor feminists wanted both the equality and the special treatment given by protective legislation, and they did not see incompatibility between the two. Labor feminists value employee representation and collective power rather than the individual's upward mobility, which they might characterize as "thrills for the few." One result of these diverging feminisms was that equally dedicated women voted yes and no to the first Equal Rights Amendment in 1948 and later to the Women's Status Bill. Cobble believes that labor feminism learned from second-wave feminism and that later the new feminism learned from the old. She outlines steps that must be taken for labor feminism to be revitalized. This solid argument for the value of "the other women's movement" is recommended for academic libraries and special labor and women's studies collections.-Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Cobble (Rutgers Univ.) has produced a rich contribution to the history of American women and American labor from the 1930s to the 1980s. Well written and thoroughly researched, her book highlights the conditions of labor for American working women during this period and thoughtfully documents efforts to improve those conditions by organizations and individual activists. These efforts were varied--from governmental reform to trade unionism--and the results were frequently mixed if not frustrating at times. Cobble sets aside the notion of the "dormant decades" that the women's movement supposedly went through after achieving suffrage in 1920 until the explosion of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s. The "labor feminism" of the 1930s and WW II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the women's liberation movement all shaped the ways in which working women perceived their options in improving their rights as workers, whether it was through trade unionism or legislation. The decades-long debate over the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment is just one example of where the intersection of gender, class, and race could and did inspire yet limit the possibilities for "workplace justice." ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels and collections. K. B. Nutter University of Maryland University College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dorothy Sue Cobble is Professor of Labor Studies, History, and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University where she directs the Institute for Research on Women. She is the author of Dishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century and Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership .

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