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Look Inside The Women's Movement against Sexual Harassment

The Women's Movement against Sexual Harassment


  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521704946

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  • This book recounts the story of how a diverse social movement placed sexual harassment on the public agenda in the 1970s and 1980s. The collaboration of women from varying racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds strengthened the movement by representing the experiences and perspectives of a broad range of women, and incorporating their resources and strategies for social change. Black women; middle-class feminists; women breaking into construction, coal mining, and other non-traditional occupations; and women in pink-collar and working-class white-collar jobs all helped to convince governments to adopt public policies against sexual harassment in the United States. Based on interviews and original research, this book shows how the movement against sexual harassment fundamentally changed American life in ways that continue to advance women's opportunities today.

    • An interdisciplinary exploration of the emergence of the movement against sexual harassment in the late 20th century
    • Based on extensive original research from legal records, activist organizations and interviews with early activists, speaking out for the first time
    • A narrative of how 'ordinary' women, through distinct efforts that reflected their diverse backgrounds and experiences, collectively transformed the way we approach sexual harassment
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    'Baker's book adds important concrete detail and facts to the narrative of sexual harassment. Moving away from the theoretical legal abstraction, she engages in a necessary descriptive and explanatory account of how the change in law really happened. … The book provides a fresh perspective on the issue of sexual harassment, adding the historical background and foundation necessary to understand the contours of the existing law, and the pre-existing concerns that drove the movement for a law responsive to the needs of women.' Political Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521704946
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: enter at your own risk
    Part I. Raising the Issue of Sexual Harassment:
    1. Articulating the wrong: resistance to sexual harassment in the early 1970s
    2. Speaking out: collective action against sexual harassment in the mid-1970s
    3. A winning strategy: early legal victories against sexual harassment
    Part II. Growth of a Movement against Sexual Harassment:
    4. Blue-collar workers and the hostile environment of sexual harassment
    5. Expansion of the movement in the late 1970s: activism, theory, and the media
    Part III. The Movement's Influence on Public Policy:
    6. Government policy develops
    7. Fighting the backlash: feminist activism in the 1980s
    8. Legal victory: the Supreme Court and beyond
    Conclusion: entering the mainstream.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Gender Politics in the U.S.
    • Gender and Sexual Harassment Law
    • Gender and the Law
    • Public Policy
    • Sexual Harassment in the workplace
  • Author

    Carrie N. Baker, Smith College, Massachusetts
    Carrie N. Baker is an Assistant Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College in Mount Berry, Georgia. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and a J.D. and Ph.D. in Women's Studies from Emory University. Her primary areas of research are women's legal history, gender and public policy, and women's social movements. The Women's Movement against Sexual Harassment (2008) won the National Women's Studies Association Sara A. Whaley Book Prize.

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