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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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The Just Price, the Free Market, and the Value of Women

The Just Price, the Free Market, and the Value of Women

(p.105) 5 The Just Price, the Free Market, and the Value of Women
A Woman's Wage

Alice Kessler-Harris

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses feminism in the 1980s along with its successes and the struggles after the passing of the Equal Pay Bill. Kessler-Harris also analyzes the choice between pay equity and comparable worth. Nonmarket factors still influence wage, rather than the simplified notion of supply and demand in the free market. Gender is an aspect of the labor market both politically and economically, and is sometimes openly debated and sometimes discussed behind closed doors. This chapter draws attention to women’s struggles to define gender identity in the twentieth century while simultaneously working to erase those differences in terms of wage.

Keywords:   feminism in the 1980s, pay equity, comparable worth, gender in the labor market

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