A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, by Nancy Woloch

By Nancy Woloch

A type via Herself explores the old function and effect of protecting laws for American girls staff, either as a step towards smooth hard work criteria and as a barrier to equivalent rights. Spanning the 20th century, the e-book tracks the increase and fall of women-only country protecting laws—such as greatest hour legislation, minimal salary legislation, and evening paintings laws—from their roots in innovative reform during the passage of recent Deal hard work legislations to the feminist assault on single-sex protecting legislation within the Nineteen Sixties and 1970s.

Nancy Woloch considers the community of associations that promoted women-only protecting legislation, resembling the nationwide shoppers' League and the federal Women's Bureau; the worldwide context within which the legislation arose; the demanding situations that proponents confronted; the rationales they espoused; the competition that developed; the influence of protecting legislation in ever-changing conditions; and their dismantling within the wake of name VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. chiefly, Woloch examines the constitutional dialog that the legislation provoked—the debates that arose within the courts and within the women's move. protecting legislation set precedents that ended in the reasonable hard work criteria Act of 1938 and to present exertions legislation; additionally they sustained a convention of gendered legislations that abridged citizenship and impeded equality for a lot of the century.

Drawing on many years of scholarship, institutional and felony files, and private bills, A category by means of Herself units forth a brand new narrative concerning the tensions inherent in women-only protecting hard work legislation and their consequences.

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