Living Wages, Equal Wages: Gender and Labor Market Policies in the United States

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Illustrations

Plates
1.1 Secretary of Labor James Davis addressing the national conference on women in industry, January 11, 1923 9
5.1 “The Woman Worker” poster 78
6.1 Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins 96
6.2 Women's Bureau exhibit on minimum wage laws 106
7.1 “Scientists Might Prefer This, ” the Armstrong Cork Company advocating job evaluation 134
7.2 Job Evaluation: “How Does the Armstrong Plan Work?” 135
8.1 President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act of 1963 in the White House Oval Office on June 10, 1963 162
9.1 “Where Is My 26¢?” 186

Figures
2.1 Total labor force participation by gender, 1900-2000 21
2.2 Labor force participation rates of married women, husband present, by race, 1900-2000 24
2.3 Women's labor force participation rates, by age, 1950-90 26
2.4 Percentage of family earnings contributed by wives, by ethnic group, 1997 32
2.5 Gender-based wage ratio and wage gap, 1955-2000 33
9.1 Annual minimum wage earnings compared with weighted average poverty thresholds, 1968-2000 185
10.1 A framework for understanding wage setting 210

Tables
2.1 Labor force composition, 1900-2000 19
2.2 Women's civilian labor force participation rates, by marital status, 1900-99 24

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Series Editor'ss Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • Part I - Laying the Groundwork 1
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • 2 - Waged Work in the Twentieth Century 16
  • 3 - Two Faces of Wages Within the Economics Tradition 34
  • 4 - The Third Face 52
  • Part II - Wage Regulations in the Twentieth Century 65
  • 5 - An Experiment in Wage Regulation 67
  • 6 - A Living for Breadwinners 91
  • 7 - Job Evaluation and the Ideology of Equal Pay 120
  • 8 - Legislating Equal Wages 143
  • Part III - The Century Ahead 177
  • 9 - Living Wages, Equal Wages Revisited 179
  • 10 - Applying Feminist Political Economy to Wage Setting 208
  • Notes 221
  • References 231
  • Index 252
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