Origins of Protective Labor Legislation for Women, 1905-1925
In this comprehensive, wide-ranging analysis, Susan Lehrer investigates the origins of protective labor legislation for women, exposing the social forces that contributed to its passage and the often contradictory effects it had on those it was designed to protect. A rapidly expanding female work force is prompting both employers and society to rethink attitudes and policies toward working women. Lehrer provides critical insight into current issues affecting female employees--pay equity, equal rights, maternity--that have their roots in past debates about and present realities affecting women workers.
Protective labor laws enacted from 1905 to 1925 had the effect of delimiting the position of working women. Lehrer examines the relationship between women's work in the labor force and domestic labor, and the reasons why the government was interested in regulating this relationship. Focusing on the dual need for a continuing labor force (women as producers of children) and cheap labor (women in low-paying jobs), she demonstrates the way in which social reforms worked to the advantage of capitalism even though they materially aided subordinate classes.
The principal groups considered herein are social reform organizations (suffragists and the Women's Trade Union League), organized labor (AFL, ILGWU, printing trades' unions), and employers' associations (National Association of Manufacturers and the National Civic Federation). Considered together, this book provides a broad and detailed picture of the forces involved in the issues of protective labor legislation.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
activities amendment American appeared argued arguments Association become bill called capital capitalist changes chapter Commission concern considered Constitution continued contract court decision developed discussion economic effect efforts employed employers employment equal equal rights example existing fact Factory favor Federation force Garment girls hand Ibid included increase individual industry interests issue kind labor laws laws League legislation for women less limited living maintained male Manufacturers March means minimum wage mothers natural night noted opposed opposition organization Party passed period political position Press principles problem production protective labor legislation question reason reformers regarding regulation relations responsibility result scientific skilled social Socialist specific strike suffrage tion Trade Union vote welfare woman women workers WTUL York