Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do about It
Joan Williams (Author)
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DescriptionIn Unbending Gender, Joan Williams takes a hard look at the state of feminism in America. Concerned by what she finds--young women who flatly refuse to identify themselves as feminists and working-class and minority women who feel the movement hasn't addressed the issues that dominate their daily lives--she outlines a new vision of feminism that calls for workplaces focused on the needs of families and, in divorce cases, recognition of the value of family work and its impact on women's earning power.
Williams shows that workplaces are designed around men's bodies and life patterns in ways that discriminate against women, and that the work/family system that results is terrible for men, worse for women, and worst of all for children. She proposes a set of practical policies and legal initiatives to reorganize the two realms of work in employment and households--so that men and women can lead healthier and more productive personal and work lives. Williams introduces a new 'reconstructive' feminism that places class, race, and gender conflicts among women at center stage. Her solution is an inclusive, family-friendly feminism that supports both mothers and fathers as caregivers and as workers.
Oxford University Press, USA
September 13, 2001
5.54 X 8.57 X 0.88 inches | 1.01 pounds
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About the Author
Joan Williams is Professor and Director of the Program on Gender, Work and Family at American University Law School. She lives in Washington, D.C.
"Finally, a logical look at the work vs. family debate....Williams blends brilliant scholarship, rigorous analysis and family values in a proposal to radically change the American workplace."--The Seattle Times
"Williams would jump-start a movement with reasoned argument. Her documentation is encyclopedic and scrupulous."--The Nation
"Like The Feminine Mystique and The Second Shift, Unbending Gender could ignite a new debate over what should happen next."--Yale Law Journal
"An ambitious work and a precious accomplishment."-- Women's Review of Books
"This book makes a notable contribution to the feminist literature for its eminently sensible, readable, and thoughtful look into the roots of women's disadvantage in market work...Highly recommended to readers who seek real explanations and solutions to labor market gender discrimination."--Choice