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In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America

In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America R EV I EW S | 499 In this richly documented, refreshingly nonpedantic, and jargonfree evocation of the early pentecostal world, Wacker has built a solid empirical foundation that will be required reading for future scholars wishing to study this fascinating movement and its relation to the larger social, cultural, and intellectual trends of the day. Paul Boyer University of Wisconsin, Madison In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America. By Alice Kessler-Harris (New York, Oxford University Press, 2001) 374 pp. $35.00 In 1984, three employees of Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of automobile batteries, ªled a Title VII sex-discrimination suit against their employer. Batteries contain lead, which irreparably harms fetuses and reduces the reproductive abilities of both men and women. Johnson had a “fetal-protection” policy that barred women from occupations that exposed them to unacceptable levels of lead unless they were infertile. In International Union v. Johnson Controls, Inc., 499 U.S. 187 (1991), the Supreme Court upheld a lower-court decision that Johnson’s policy was discriminatory. Modern labor law required that ªrms heed the discrimination repercussions of their employment policies. The Court thereby reversed its long history of protecting women and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Interdisciplinary History MIT Press

In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America

Journal of Interdisciplinary History , Volume 33 (3) – Jan 1, 2003

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MIT Press
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© 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
ISSN
0022-1953
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1530-9169
DOI
10.1162/002219502320815523
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R EV I EW S | 499 In this richly documented, refreshingly nonpedantic, and jargonfree evocation of the early pentecostal world, Wacker has built a solid empirical foundation that will be required reading for future scholars wishing to study this fascinating movement and its relation to the larger social, cultural, and intellectual trends of the day. Paul Boyer University of Wisconsin, Madison In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America. By Alice Kessler-Harris (New York, Oxford University Press, 2001) 374 pp. $35.00 In 1984, three employees of Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of automobile batteries, ªled a Title VII sex-discrimination suit against their employer. Batteries contain lead, which irreparably harms fetuses and reduces the reproductive abilities of both men and women. Johnson had a “fetal-protection” policy that barred women from occupations that exposed them to unacceptable levels of lead unless they were infertile. In International Union v. Johnson Controls, Inc., 499 U.S. 187 (1991), the Supreme Court upheld a lower-court decision that Johnson’s policy was discriminatory. Modern labor law required that ªrms heed the discrimination repercussions of their employment policies. The Court thereby reversed its long history of protecting women and

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Journal of Interdisciplinary HistoryMIT Press

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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