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A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s

Nancy Woloch


This book explores the historical role and influence of protective legislation for American women workers, both as a step toward modern labor standards and as a barrier to equal rights. Spanning the twentieth century, the book tracks the rise and fall of women-only state protective laws—such as maximum hour laws, minimum wage laws, and night work laws—from their roots in progressive reform through the passage of New Deal labor law to the feminist attack on single-sex protective laws in the 1960s and 1970s. The book considers the network of institutions that promoted women-only protective laws, ... More

Keywords: American women, women workers, labor standards, equal rights, state protective laws, maximum hour laws, minimum wage laws, night work laws, women's movement, protective labor laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691002590
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691002590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Woloch, author
Barnard College