Law

Equal Means Equal

Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now

Author: Jessica Neuwirth

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1620970481

Category: Law

Page: 160

View: 2938

When the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed by Congress in 1972, Richard Nixon was president and All in the Family’s Archie Bunker was telling his feisty wife Edith to stifle it. Over the course of the next ten years, an initial wave of enthusiasm led to ratification of the ERA by thirty-five states, just three short of the thirty-eight states needed by the 1982 deadline. Many of the arguments against the ERA that historically stood in the way of ratification have gone the way of bouffant hairdos and Bobby Riggs, and a new Coalition for the ERA was recently set up to bring the experience and wisdom of old-guard activists together with the energy and social media skills of a new-guard generation of women. In a series of short, accessible chapters looking at several key areas of sex discrimination recognized by the Supreme Court, Equal Means Equal tells the story of the legal cases that inform the need for an ERA, along with contemporary cases in which women’s rights are compromised without the protection of an ERA. Covering topics ranging from pay equity and pregnancy discrimination to violence against women, Equal Means Equal makes abundantly clear that an ERA will improve the lives of real women living in America.
History

Equal Means Equal

Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now

Author: Jessica Neuwirth

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 9781620970393

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 7763

The founder of the international women's rights organization Equality Now—through a series of short, accessible chapters that focus on key areas of sex discrimination recognized by the Supreme Court—tells the story of the legal cases that inform the need for an ERA to protect women's rights. 12,500 first printing.
Social Science

Why We Lost the ERA

Author: Jane J. Mansbridge

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022618644X

Category: Social Science

Page: 335

View: 1605

In this work, Jane Mansbridge's fresh insights uncover a significant democratic irony - the development of self-defeating, contradictory forces within a democratic movement in the course of its struggle to promote its version of the common good. Mansbridge's book is absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in democratic theory and practice.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights

From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment

Author: Deborah Kops

Publisher: Highlights Press

ISBN: 1629797952

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 216

View: 4606

Here is the story of extraordinary leader Alice Paul, from the women's suffrage movement—the long struggle for votes for women—to the “second wave,” when women demanded full equality with men. Paul made a significant impact on both. She reignited the sleepy suffrage moment with dramatic demonstrations and provocative banners. After women won the vote in 1920, Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would make all the laws that discriminated against women unconstitutional. Passage of the ERA became the rallying cry of a new movement of young women in the 1960s and ’70s. Paul saw another chance to advance women’s rights when the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 began moving through Congress. She set in motion the “sex amendment,” which remains a crucial legal tool for helping women fight discrimination in the workplace. Includes archival images, author’s note, bibliography, and source notes.
History

The Hidden History of the Equal Rights Amendment

Author: Hal Draper,Stephen F. Diamond,Anne Draper

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500182212

Category: History

Page: 226

View: 5356

The inspiration for this book was Anne Draper, al Draper's wife. An organizer for the Ladies Garment Workers Union she organized fellow union activists in UNION W. A. G. E. (Women's Alliance to gain Equality) to defend hard fought-for legislation which protected women on the job. From the very beginning feminist supporters of the E.R.A. had been divided over the issue of whether this legislation should be extended to men as part of the E.R.A. or whether a "pure" E.R.A. which would wipe it out should be the goal of the feminist movement.
Political Science

Faithful and Fearless

Moving Feminist Protest Inside the Church and Military

Author: Mary Fainsod Katzenstein

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691010083

Category: Political Science

Page: 270

View: 930

Riots and demonstrations, the lifeblood of American social and political protest in the 1960s, are now largely a historical memory. But Mary Fainsod Katzenstein argues that protest has not disappeared--it has simply moved off the streets into the country's core institutions. As a result, conflicts over sexual harassment, affirmative action, and the rights of women, gays and lesbians, and people of color now touch us more than ever in our daily lives, whether we are among those seeking change or those threatened by its prospects. No one is more aware of this than women demanding change from within the United States military and the American Catholic church. Women in uniform are deeply patriotic and women active in the church are devoted to their callings. Yet Katzenstein shows that these women often feel isolated and demeaned, confronted by challenges as subtle as condescension and as blatant as career obstruction. Although faithful to their institutions, many have proved fearless in their attempts to reshape them. Drawing on interviews with over a hundred women in the military and the church--including senior officers, combat pilots, lay activists, and nuns--this book gives voice to the struggles and vision of these women as they have moved protest into the mainstream. Katzenstein shows why the military and the church, similarly hierarchical and insistent on obedience, have come to harbor deeply different forms of protest. She demonstrates that women in the military have turned to the courts and Congress, whereas feminists in the church have used "discursive" protests--writing, organizing workshops and conferences--to rethink in radical ways the meanings of faith and justice. These different strategies, she argues, reflect how the law regulates the military but leaves the church alone. Faithful and Fearless calls our attention to protest within institutions as a new stage in the history both of feminism and of social movements in America. The book is an inspiring account of strength in the face of adversity and a groundbreaking contribution to the study of American feminism, social protest, and the historical development of institutions in American society.
Political Science

Body Politics in Development

Critical Debates in Gender and Development

Author: Wendy Harcourt

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1848136188

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 3407

Body Politics in Development sets out to define body politics as a key political and mobilizing force for human rights in the last two decades. This passionate and engaging book reveals how once-tabooed issues, such as rape, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive rights, have emerged into the public arena as critical grounds of contention and struggle. Engaging in the latest feminist thinking and action, the book describes the struggles around body politics for people living in economic and socially vulnerable communities and covers a broad range of gender and development issues, including fundamentalism, sexualities and new technologies, from diverse viewpoints. The book's originality comes through the author's rich experience and engagement in feminist activism and global body politics and was winner of the 2010 FWSA Book Prize.
Law

The Equal Rights Amendment

An Annotated Bibliography of the Issues, 1976-1985

Author: Renee Feinberg

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 151

View: 7060

Although the Equal Rights Amendment failed to be ratified by the necessary three-quarters majority of the states, the central questions and events that surrounded the campaign for ratification persist as mainstream issues. This annotated bibliography offers a comprehensive guide to the discussion of these issues in books, articles, documents, and the media between 1976, when the campaign for ratification was well under way, and 1985, three years following its defeat. Each chapter begins with the longest and most significant citations, which are fully annotated, followed by listings of briefer items. Author and subject indexes and an appendix listing organizational resources are also supplied. Together with "The Equal Rights Amendment: A Bibliographic Study" by Anita Miller and Hazel Greenberg (Greenwood Press, 1976), this volume provides access to important information that was hitherto available only in scattered sources.
Family & Relationships

Children's Interests/mothers' Rights

The Shaping of America's Child Care Policy

Author: Sonya Michel

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300085518

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 410

View: 5618

Annotation The current child care system in the United States can be described as erratic, inadequate, and stigmatized. In this comprehensive history of American child care policy and practices from the colonial period to the present, Sonya Michel explains why child care has evolved as it has and compares U.S. policy to that of other democratic market societies.
Law

Gender Justice, Development, and Rights

Author: Maxine Molyneux,Shahra Razavi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199256454

Category: Law

Page: 492

View: 1471

This text examines contemporary issues such as neoliberal policies, democracy and multiculturalism, analyzing them from a gender perspective. It examines how liberal rights and ideas of democracy and justice have been absorbed into the political agendas of women's movements.
Social Science

8 Ball Chicks

Author: Gini Sikes

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307773838

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 8358

Dismissed by the police as mere adjuncts to or gofers for male gangs, girl gang members are in fact often as emotionally closed off and dangerous as their male counterparts. Carrying razor blades in their mouths and guns in their jackets for defense, they initiate drive-by shootings, carry out car jackings, stomp outsiders who stumble onto or dare to enter the neighborhood, viciously retaliate against other gangs and ferociously guard their home turf. But Sikes also captures the differences that distinguish girl gangs-abortion, teen pregnancy and teen motherhood, endless beatings and the humiliation of being forced to have sex with a lineup of male gangbangers during initiation, haphazardly raising kids in a household of drugs and guns with a part-time boyfriend off gangbanging himself. Veteran journalist Gini Sikes spends a year in the ghettos following the lives of several key gang members in South Central Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. In 8 Ball Chicks, we discover the fear and desperate desire for respect and status that drive girls into gangs in the first place--and the dreams and ambitions that occasionally help them to escape the catch-22 of their existence. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Social Science

Divided We Stand

The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Author: Marjorie J. Spruill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632863154

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

View: 307

More than forty years ago, two women's movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The far-reaching legacy of that rift is still felt today. One of Smithsonian Magazine's “Ten Best History Books of the Year” Gloria Steinem was quoted in 2015 (the New Yorker) as saying the National Women's Conference in 1977 "may take the prize as the most important event nobody knows about." After the United Nations established International Women's Year (IWY) in 1975, Congress mandated and funded state conferences to elect delegates to attend the National Women's Conference in Houston in 1977. At that conference, Bella Abzug, Steinem, and other feminists adopted a National Plan of Action, endorsing the hot-button issues of abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights--the latter a new issue in national politics. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly, Lottie Beth Hobbs, and the conservative women's movement held a massive rally to protest federally funded feminism and launch a Pro-Family movement. Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. DIVIDED WE STAND reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women's rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values. The women's rights movement and the conservative women's movement have irrevocably affected the course of modern American history. We cannot fully understand the present without appreciating the events leading up to Houston and thereafter.
Business & Economics

The Road to Serfdom

Author: Friedrich August Hayek

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415253895

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 823

Hayek argues convincingly that, while socialist ideals may be tempting, they cannot be accomplished except by means that few would approve of.
Fiction

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Emblem Editions

ISBN: 1551994968

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 6480

In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.
Social Science

Awkward Politics

Technologies of Popfeminist Activism

Author: Carrie Smith-Prei

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773598979

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 1272

The increased use of digital tools for political activism has triggered heated debates about the effectiveness of digital campaigns for political change and feminist causes. While technology’s immediacy and transnational reach have broadened the potential impact of activism, it has, at the same time, complicated the goals, materiality, and consumption of feminist actions. In Awkward Politics, Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle suggest that awkwardness offers a means of engaging with twenty-first century feminist activism by accounting for the uncertainty of popfeminist moments and movements, its sometimes illegible meanings, affects, and aesthetics. By investigating transnational media ranging from popfeminist performance art, music, street activism, blogs, and hashtags to literature, film, academic theory, and protests, the authors demonstrate that viewing activist art through the lens of awkwardness can yield a nuanced critique. By developing awkwardness into a theoretical tool for intervention, a key concept of feminist politics, and a moving target, this innovative study dramatically alters the ways in which we approach activism, its forms, movements, and effects. It also suggests a broad range of applicability, from social movements to the academy. Breaking new ground through the intersections of technology, consumerism, and the political in popfeminist work, Awkward Politics highlights the urgency of feminist politics and activism.
Political Science

A Choice Not an Echo

Updated and Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Phyllis Schlafly

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621573362

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 8134

Over 3 Million Copies Sold! Celebrate 50 years since the release of Phyllis Schlafly's monumental A Choice Not an Echo, the book that launched the conservative resurgence of the late 20th century. This special updated and expanded edition contains 50 percent new material placing the book in its historical context and applying the book's lessons to the issues of today.
Social Science

Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements

Author: Dorothy Sue Cobble,Linda Gordon,Astrid Henry

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 087140821X

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 9000

Reframing feminism for the twenty-first century, this bold and essential history stands up against "bland corporate manifestos" (Sarah Leonard). Eschewing the conventional wisdom that places the origins of the American women’s movement in the nostalgic glow of the late 1960s, Feminism Unfinished traces the beginnings of this seminal American social movement to the 1920s, in the process creating an expanded, historical narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of American women’s history. Also challenging the contemporary “lean-in,” trickle-down feminist philosophy and asserting that women’s histories all too often depoliticize politics, labor issues, and divergent economic circumstances, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry demonstrate that the post-Suffrage women’s movement focused on exploitation of women in the workplace as well as on inherent sexual rights. The authors carefully revise our “wave” vision of feminism, which previously suggested that there were clear breaks and sharp divisions within these media-driven “waves.” Showing how history books have obscured the notable activism by working-class and minority women in the past, Feminism Unfinished provides a much-needed corrective.
Political Science

The Second Reconstruction

A History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Author: Gary Donaldson

Publisher: Krieger Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 153

View: 7924

This text traces the history of the civil rights movement in the years following World War II, to the present day. Issues discussed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights of 1965, and the Northern Ireland ghetto's.
Political Science

Six Amendments

How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

Author: John Paul Stevens

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316373745

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 9654

For the first time ever, a retired Supreme Court Justice offers a manifesto on how the Constitution needs to change. By the time of his retirement in June 2010, John Paul Stevens had become the second longest serving Justice in the history of the Supreme Court. Now he draws upon his more than three decades on the Court, during which he was involved with many of the defining decisions of the modern era, to offer a book like none other. SIX AMENDMENTS is an absolutely unprecedented call to arms, detailing six specific ways in which the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and wellbeing of American citizens. Written with the same precision and elegance that made Stevens's own Court opinions legendary for their clarity as well as logic, SIX AMENDMENTS is a remarkable work, both because of its unprecedented nature and, in an age of partisan ferocity, its inarguable common sense.