Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Woman's WageHistorical Meanings and Social Consequences$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use.date: 02 July 2022

Law and a Living

Law and a Living

The Gendered Content of “Free Labor” in the Progressive Period

(p.31) 2 Law and a Living
A Woman's Wage

Alice Kessler-Harris

University Press of Kentucky

During the Progressive Period, there was nationwide deliberation over minimum wage. The Supreme Court ruled against providing a minimum wage in Adkins v. Children’s Hospital in 1923, sparking a debate as to what constituted a minimum wage, especially for women. This chapter discusses the various forms of attack the debaters used to argue for or against the wage, along with the impact of their rhetoric on women. Fourteen years after Adkins, the Court reversed their decision in West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish, declaring minimum wage constitutional, even as gender differences in pay were the norm.

Keywords:   Progressive Period, minimum wage, Adkins v. Children’s Hospital, gender as political and legal category, freedom of contract, West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .