By Nancy Woloch

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

Nancy Woloch considers the community of associations that promoted women-only protecting legislation, reminiscent of the nationwide shoppers' League and the federal Women's Bureau; the worldwide context during 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 situations; and their dismantling within the wake of identify VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. exceptionally, Woloch examines the constitutional dialog that the legislation provoked—the debates that arose within the courts and within the women's move. protecting legislation set precedents that ended in the reasonable exertions criteria Act of 1938 and to present exertions legislation; in addition they sustained a convention of gendered legislation that abridged citizenship and impeded equality for a lot of the century.

Drawing on many years of scholarship, institutional and criminal documents, and private bills, A type by way of Herself units forth a brand new narrative in regards to the tensions inherent in women-only protecting exertions legislation and their consequences.

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