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Women have always worked : a concise history

Author: Alice Kessler-Harris
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]
Series: Working class in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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A classic since its original publication, Women Have Always Worked brings much-needed insight into the ways work has shaped female lives and sensibilities. Beginning in the colonial era, Alice Kessler-Harris looks at the public and private work spheres of diverse groups of women--housewives and trade unionists, immigrants and African Americans, professionals and menial laborers, and women from across the class  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Kessler-Harris
ISBN: 9780252083587 025208358X
OCLC Number: 1014006389
Description: x, 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The meaning of work in women's lives --
Household labor --
Working for wages --
Women's social mission --
Changing the shape of the workforce --
Equality and freedom at odds.
Series Title: Working class in American history.
Responsibility: Alice Kessler-Harris.

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A classic since its original publication, Women Have Always Worked brings much-needed insight into the ways work has shaped female lives and sensibilities. Beginning in the colonial era, Alice Kessler-Harris looks at the public and private work spheres of diverse groups of women--housewives and trade unionists, immigrants and African Americans, professionals and menial laborers, and women from across the class spectrum. She delves into issues ranging from the gendered nature of the success ethic to the social activism and the meaning of citizenship for female wage workers. This second edition features significant updates. A new chapter by Kessler-Harris follows women into the early twenty-first century as they confront barriers of race, sex, and class to earn positions in the new information society. -- Back cover.

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"Distinguished labor historian Alice Kessler-Harris was a pioneer in the history of women's work at home and at the workplace. This re-issue of her 1981 history is still the best short introduction Read more...

 
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