Federalism, Gender, & the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

  title={Federalism, Gender, \& the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938},
  author={Suzanne Mettler},
  pages={635 - 654}
The constitutional revolution of the New Deal produced the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the first national labor standards law in the United States. Yet, as this article shows, several occupational categories of women workers who needed the coverage were excluded from the legislation, creating a gender division in a seemingly gender-neutral law. Thus, while men were guaranteed new economic rights by the national government, many women remained under the often parochial and paternalistic… 
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