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By Nancy Woloch

A category by way of Herself explores the historic function and impact of protecting laws for American girls staff, either as a step towards glossy hard work criteria and as a barrier to equivalent rights. Spanning the 20th century, the ebook tracks the increase and fall of women-only nation protecting laws—such as greatest hour legislation, minimal salary legislation, and evening paintings laws—from their roots in revolutionary reform in the course of the passage of recent Deal exertions legislation to the feminist assault on single-sex protecting legislation within the Nineteen Sixties and 1970s.

Nancy Woloch considers the community of associations that promoted women-only protecting legislation, similar to the nationwide shoppers' League and the federal Women's Bureau; the worldwide context within which the legislation arose; the demanding situations that proponents confronted; the rationales they espoused; the competition that developed; the effect of protecting legislation in ever-changing conditions; and their dismantling within the wake of name VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. certainly, Woloch examines the constitutional dialog that the legislation provoked—the debates that arose within the courts and within the women's stream. protecting legislation set precedents that ended in the reasonable exertions criteria Act of 1938 and to present exertions legislation; additionally they sustained a practice of gendered legislation that abridged citizenship and impeded equality for a lot of the century.

Drawing on many years of scholarship, institutional and felony documents, and private debts, A classification by means of Herself units forth a brand new narrative in regards to the tensions inherent in women-only protecting hard work legislation and their consequences.

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