Women, Ethics and the Workplace

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revision. Thus, we believe that examining the history of feminist discourse will have been worthwhile in order to better situate ourselves today and identify our present concerns, values, beliefs, and assumptions when approaching questions of business, work, and ethics. If nothing else, we hope that others have become more aware as to just how elusive "answers" in the realm of human relations are and, ideally, have become more sensitive, thoughtful, and critical in how they examine gender issues.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
1. How can feminist theorists help us in thinking about women's issues in the workplace?
2. How are contemporary women's problems similar to or distinct from past concerns?
3. Are there any "natural" distinctions between the sexes? If so, what does this imply?
4. In what ways might concepts of human nature be gender-biased?
5. Is the criticism of systematic thinking, or "reason," a strength or weakness in twentieth century feminist theory?
6. How have feminist thinkers borrowed from or criticized their male predecessors?
7. Does one's gender identification determine one's perspective (socially, politically, philosophically)?
8. What is meant by "equality"? And why is this such an important issue for women?

NOTES
1.
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women ( New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992), p. 13.
2.
Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile, trans. by Allan Bloom ( New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1979), Book V, p. 367. All subsequent page numbers refer to this edition.
3.
J. S. Mill, The Subjection of Women ( Indianapolis, Ind.: Hackett Publishing Co., 1988), p. 1.
4.
Jane Flax, "Postmodernism and Gender Relations," Feminism/Postmodernism, ed. by Linda Nicholson ( New York: Routledge, 1990), p. 42.
5.
Feinberg Leslie, Stone Butch Blues ( Ithaca, N.Y.: Firebrand Books, 1993).
6.
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex ( New York: Vintage Books-Random House, Inc., 1989), p. xxv.
7.
See Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought ( New York: Routledge, 1991), p. 14.
8.
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own ( New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Jovanovich, 1929), p. 35.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Ethical Theory 1
  • Conclusion 17
  • Notes 18
  • 2 - Feminist Theory 19
  • Conclusion 44
  • Notes 45
  • 3 - Sexual Harassment 47
  • Notes 65
  • 4 - Comparable Worth and Value 67
  • Notes 87
  • 5 - Advertising 89
  • Notes 108
  • 6 - Leadership 111
  • Conclusion 131
  • Notes 132
  • 7 - Working-Class Women 135
  • Notes 157
  • Conclusion 159
  • Notes 162
  • Appendix A Anita Hill Testimony 163
  • Appendix B Women, Family, Future Trends: A Selective Overview 169
  • Index 175
  • About the Authors 181
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