Dorothy Sue Cobble
- Title: The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America
- Author: Dorothy Sue Cobble
- ISBN: 9780691069937
- Page: 158
- Format: Hardcover
American feminism has always been about 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 theAmerican feminism has always been about 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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The best book I've read for grad school so far, I think. Fantastic stuff.
Cobble’s book tells the story of “the missing wave” of working-class women’s activism from the late 1930’s to the 1980’s. She calls these activists “labor feminists.” They were feminists in that they saw that women were disadvantaged in the workplace because of their sex and tried to rectify those injustices. They were labor feminists in that their version of feminism focused on the needs of mostly lower-class working women. Like many recent gender historians, Cobble makes a stro [...]
highwayscribery wanted to tell you about “The Other Women’s Movement,” by a Rutgers University professor named Dorothy Sue Cobble.The reason for reading this academic thesis was a little primary research for a screenplay dramatizing the 1964 Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union drive to organize bunnies at the Detroit Playboy Club.The force behind this effort was a left-over from 1930s union activism, one Myra Wolfgang, “the battling belle of Detroit.” A rebel woman who had helped orga [...]
Much of Cobble's reason for writing this book is to add to existing efforts to “rewave feminism” - to show that it wasn't simply dormant between the first and second waves. In doing so, she places heavy emphasis on the role that class played in women's lives and “their views of what reforms were desirable and possible” (1). From the 1940s to the 1960s, Cobble argues that “labor feminists,” who built off the ideas of earlier social feminists like Florence Kelley, Rose Schneiderman, an [...]
The Other Women's Movement, by Dorothy Sue Cobble covers the American women's labor movement, from the 1930's to the late 1980s.Cobble argues that social feminists looked to a variety of causes and solutions to fix "women's secondary status".There were many “competing visions” for achieving equality, which is central to Cobble’s argument that feminism was not one size fits all. She argues that women "wanted equality and special treatment" and did not see them as mutually exclusive. Many wo [...]
Cobble's book gives you a pretty detailed account of the women's movement through the lens of labor and unions. She also delves into what issues were most important for working class women from the 1930s-1960s, proving that despite some popular opinion otherwise the women's movement wasn't stagnant during the period. Some of the efforts to gain comparable conditions in the work place for working class women are important to note like not firing a woman because she dare to get pregnant or firing [...]
This book is chock full of interesting information about labor women from the 1930s through the 1980s, who worked in parallel but sometimes at cross purposes with 2nd Wave Feminism. The author points out that feminism did not come so much in waves as that it was a constant evolution, but there were very significant differences in feminism due to the class divide that existed, most especially between the working class the the middle class. This was a woman's movement I did not know existed until [...]
Bah. Labor History. My eyes glaze over when I read about trade unions. This book, however, is well-written, well-researched (and I will confess)engaging.
It open my eyes to what's really going on in America's workplace. What was true back then is happening today, so knowledge is power.
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