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Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits

Women's Work, Women's Poverty

Randy Albelda and Chris Tilly

Pages: 224
ISBN: 0-89608-565-1
Format: paper
Release Date: 1997-01-01

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Description of Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits.

Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits demonstrates that, while the female corporate executive and the welfare mother may seem to be a world apart, they have much in common—job discrimination, lower pay than men, and primary responsibility for the unpaid work of making sure their children are cared for. Randy Albelda and Chris Tilly provide a cogent analysis of the economic and social realities for women in the United States, across class lines. In an age when the right-wing manipulates the dialogue around women’s issues to separate middle- and upper-class women from their poorer sisters, this book’s facts, figures, and analysis provide a much-needed antidote.

In clear language, with plenty of supporting data, the authors of this important book explain how the rapid changes in the US economy and culture over the past half-century have increased pressures on families and have left single mothers in the dust. They examine the impact of public policies on families and the shortcomings of current welfare reform initiatives, including the 1996 welfare law. However, they don’t stop there. Breaking through the artificial boundaries that have constrained the welfare debate, Albelda and Tilly lay out concrete proposals for transforming not just welfare, but a broad range of public policies to provide real support for families and secure women’s economic equality.

Other topics that are related to Feminism are:

  • Feminism
  • Labor and Class Politics
  • Women's Studies
  • Table of Contents

    Women, Income, and Poverty
    Who's Poor?
    All in the Family
    The Glass Ceiling and the Sticky Floor
    Bottomless Pits
    What's Wrong with Current Poverty Policies
    Lean, Mean, and Ineffective
    Creating Real Welfare Reform
    It's Not Just Welfare
    The Power to Win Women's Economic Equality

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