Women Have Always Worked

Women Have Always Worked

A Concise History

Working Class in American History

by Alice Kessler-Harris

Published by: University of Illinois Press

254 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780252083587
  • Published: October 2018


A classic since its original publication, Women Have Always Worked brought much-needed insight into the ways work has shaped female lives and sensibilities. Beginning in the colonial era, Alice Kessler-Harris looks at the public and private work spheres of diverse groups of women—housewives and trade unionists, immigrants and African Americans, professionals and menial laborers, and women from across the class spectrum. She delves into issues ranging from the gendered nature of the success ethic to the social activism and the meaning of citizenship for female wage workers. This second edition adds artwork and features significant updates. A new chapter by Kessler-Harris follows women into the early twenty-first century as they confront barriers of race, sex, and class to earn positions in the new information society.