The Wages of Motherhood: Inequality in the Welfare State, 1917-1942

Synopsis

Winner of the Victoria Schuck Award given by the American Political Science Association for the best book published during 1995 on women and politics Entering the vigorous debate about the nature of the American welfare state, The Wages of Motherhood illuminates ways in which a "maternalist" social policy emerged from the crucible of gender and racial politics between the world wars. Gwendolyn Mink here examines the cultural dynamics of maternalist social policy, which have often been overlooked by institutional and class analyses of the welfare state.