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Women and Children Last: The Plight of Poor Women in Affluent America

Sidel, Ruth

Verlag: Penguin Books 1987-04-01, US, 1987
ISBN 10: 014010013X / ISBN 13: 9780140100136
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Titel: Women and Children Last: The Plight of Poor ...

Verlag: Penguin Books 1987-04-01, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 1987

Einband: Paperback

Zustand: Good


014010013X Some ink marks in margins else good. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Buchnummer des Verkäufers BING92316715

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Inhaltsangabe: In one of the richest societies on earth, the daily reality for millions of women - young and old, black and white, divorced, never married, and widowed - is a struggle to secure the barest necessities. In this hard-hitting book, Ruth Sidel demonstrates how - and why - America's women and children are treated as second-class citizens. Weaving interviews with women across the country with statistical research and her own incisive historical perspective, Sidel addresses such issues as the decline of the traditional family and the rapid growth of female-headed households, a labor market that continues to discriminate against women, the impact of male unemployment on society, and the severe cutbacks in government support systems. Sidel offers cogent, workable solutions to these problems. Her argument that America must begin to consider women and chidlren first cannot go unheeded.

From Publishers Weekly: Comparing the affluent U.S. of today to the Titanic (which, as a luxury liner, nevertheless lacked lifeboats for steerage women and children), Sidel contends in this realistic appraisal that despite the women's movement, social and economic trends of the last 20 yearsespecially the divorce rate and mechanization of industryhave reduced to bare survival hundreds of thousands of already impoverished women and children. Many are older women, battered wives or female heads of families, asserts Sidel (who interviewed several of them), and they are often victims of sex and racial discrimination in the workplace or of government cutbacks in human services. Following Sweden's example, the U.S., she argues, should develop policies to strengthen family life through universal entitlements; should pay women better wages, provide family planning, maternity leaves and prenatal care, along with day and after-school care. Sidel, a sociology professor at Hunter College, wrote Women and Child Care in China.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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