By Nancy Woloch

A category by means of Herself explores the old position and impression of protecting laws for American ladies employees, either as a step towards smooth hard work criteria and as a barrier to equivalent rights. Spanning the 20th century, the ebook tracks the increase and fall of women-only country protecting laws—such as greatest hour legislation, minimal salary legislation, and evening paintings laws—from their roots in revolutionary reform during the passage of latest Deal exertions 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, akin 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 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 legislations that abridged citizenship and impeded equality for far of the century.

Drawing on a long time of scholarship, institutional and felony documents, and private bills, A category via 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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