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A Woman's WageHistorical Meanings and Social Consequences$
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Alice Kessler-Harris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145136

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145136.001.0001

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A Woman's Wage

Alice Kessler-Harris

University Press of Kentucky

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.

Keywords:   conception of the wage, feminist scholarship, gendered concept, economic social custom, twentieth-century United States

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