What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement by Deborah L. Rhode

By Deborah L. Rhode

American ladies fare worse than males on nearly each significant size of social prestige, monetary health, and actual security. Sexual violence is still universal, and reproductive rights are certainly not safe. girls imagine disproportionate burdens in the house and pay a heavy rate within the office. but those matters aren't political priorities. neither is there a consensus that there nonetheless is a significant challenge.

In What girls Want, Deborah L. Rhode, one of many nation's top students on ladies and legislations, brings to the dialogue a large array of interdisciplinary study in addition to interviews with heads of major women's companies. Is the women's circulate stalled? What are the most important hindrances it confronts? What are its key priorities and what recommendations may perhaps enhance them? In addressing these questions, the e-book explores nearly all the significant coverage concerns confronting ladies. issues contain employment and visual appeal discrimination, the gender hole in pay and management possibilities, work/family rules, childcare, divorce, same-sex marriage, sexual harassment, household violence, rape, trafficking, abortion, poverty, and political illustration, all with a specific specialize in the capacities and bounds of legislations as a method for social switch. Why, regardless of 4 many years of equivalent employment laws, is women's place of work prestige to this point from equivalent? Why, regardless of 1 / 4 century's attempt at reforming rape legislations, is America's fee of pronounced rape the second one maximum within the constructed global? a part of the matter lies within the absence of political mobilization round such concerns and the underrepresentation of girls in public place of work.

In an age the place many girls are reluctant to spot as feminists, a broad-ranging, professional examine the place American ladies are this present day is extra helpful than ever. This path-breaking booklet explores how ladies can and may act on what they wish.

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104 The Limits of Law Part of women’s progress in reducing the gender gap in positions and earnings is attributable to the passage of equal employment opportunity legislation. 105 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination on the basis of sex as well as other prohibited characteristics, including race, religion, and national origin. States generally have comparable statutes. But as ways of equalizing women’s treatment in the workplace, all are subject to significant limitations. ”106 They are also difficult to settle on terms that adequately compensate for the costs of complaining.

87 Attitudes toward self-promotion reflect a related mismatch between stereotypes associated with leadership and with femininity. Women are expected to be nurturing, not self-serving, and entrepreneurial behaviors viewed as appropriate in men are often viewed as distasteful in women. 88 As comedian Margo Thomas quipped, “A man has to be [like Red-baiting Senator] Joe McCarthy in order to be called ruthless. 91 In effect, women face trade-offs that men do not. Aspiring female leaders can be liked but not respected, or respected but not liked, in settings that may require individuals to be both in order to succeed.

Much of the published commentary on the women’s movement makes a similar point. ” Women “scarcely notice that [they] have it. 80 Many women don’t perceive difficulties in their lives in those terms. ” So, too, women also lack the sense of relative deprivation that fuels political activism. In terms of overall satisfaction, most research finds that women do not feel worse off compared to men. 8 for men. 99 on a 6 point scale. 83 The vast majority of even lower income women (87 percent) report general satisfaction with their lives.

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