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Cultural Studies

Women in the Workplace in America, 1900–2021

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Women in the Workplace in America, 1900–2021 is a resource guide that provides historical context and helps people and organizations better understand the challenges women have faced and continue to face in the American workplace, along with opportunities and recently discovered and developing success stories. Available in both print and digital formats, the guide covers significant movements and events in women’s history, from Rosie the Riveter to the #metoo movement, highlights the professional strides women have made over the past century, and provides key links to support organizations to help readers identify, manage and navigate both the subtle and overt barriers that women face in professional settings. Current challenges are also covered, including a look at millennial women in the workplace, and a forward-looking trajectory that takes into consideration how Covid-19 has changed the economic landscape for women.

Women in the Workplace in America, 1900–2021 expands on the dominant narrative surrounding women’s work and is designed to provide education and resources around women’s experiences in the workplace.  The guide aims to support interests in career pursuits and programs in Women’s Studies, Diversity and Inclusion, American History, Cultural Studies and Social Science. Included in this important and timely title is information on relevant legislation, historical movements, discrimination cases, the 19th Amendment/women’s right to vote, Rosie the Riveter, the Equal Rights Amendment, disparity in pay issues, feminism, women in traditionally male roles, sexual harassment in the workplace, the #metoo movement, and more. It emphasizes the importance of gender equity in the workplace and highlights the important work accomplished by women like pioneering engineer Edith Clarke, who helped build the Hoover Dam, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Jane Fonda, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Hedy Lamarr, and more.


“Women in the Workplace in America, 1900-2021 is an in-depth history of American women in the workforce over the past century and more. Chapters address both the nuanced and blatant barriers that have affected the careers of working women, including disparate pay, workplace sexual harassment, and social resistance to women assuming traditionally male roles or professions. The effects of historical movements and court cases about discrimination, as well as feminism and the professional accomplishments of extraordinary women, are also presented. Women in the Workplace in America, 1900-2021 is highly recommended especially for public and college library American History or Reference collections.”

—Midwest Book Review, September 2021

Many educators are enthusiastic about introducing related complex content in women’s history courses and major curriculums, but resources and materials remain scarce.  Multicultural women are not overlooked in WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE, 1900-2021. The author champions their accomplishments. This title represents a provocative, highly visible, expertly written, and a master class contribution It fills the gap, is necessary, and should be on every high school, university, and public library bookshelf. Acquisition decision makers take note. University professors would do well to consider using the text as required reading and a significant sourcebook. Myra Pollack Sadker sums it up when she comments. “Each time a girl opens a book and reads a woman less history, she learns she is worth less.” WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE, 1900-2021 reveals many significant contributions, delights readers, and encourages an enlightened and passionate approach to the issue.

—Jane Piland-Baker D. Min, University Scholar and Counselor