Throughout the twentieth century, the “woman’s wage” has existed separately from the “man’s wage,” even as the concept of the wage continues to be hotly debated. Feminist scholarship attempts to analyze wage as a gendered concept and argues for the dissolution of the distinction between a woman’s and man’s wage. It is an economic social custom that, due to various social interpretations, is open to change. This introduction notes the evolution of the phrase “woman’s wage” throughout the twentieth century in the United States, and ends with a brief description of each of the five essays.
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