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By Nancy Woloch

A classification via Herself explores the old position and impact of protecting laws for American girls employees, either as a step towards smooth exertions 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 hard work legislations 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, equivalent to 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 influence of protecting legislation in ever-changing conditions; and their dismantling within the wake of identify 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 flow. protecting legislation set precedents that resulted in the reasonable hard work criteria Act of 1938 and to present hard work legislation; in addition they sustained a practice of gendered legislation that abridged citizenship and impeded equality for far of the century.

Drawing on many years of scholarship, institutional and felony documents, and private debts, A classification through 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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