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A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences

Alice Kessler-Harris


This book explores the changing social ideas that have determined wages for women during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The struggle between the concepts of identity, traditional gender roles, and the workforce has historically led to much conflict as women tried to gain first a minimum wage, and then equal pay for equal work. Even today, the debate still exists concerning women, work, motherhood, and careers. This book investigates how wage exists as a social construct that influences the way women are compensated for their work, creating the boundaries between what is deemed ... More

Keywords: wages for women, traditional gender roles, minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, motherhood and career, wage as a social construct, separate spheres, free market, social wage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813145136
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813145136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Kessler-Harris, author