Women's History and the Sears Case

  title={Women's History and the Sears Case},
  author={Ruth Milkman},
  journal={Feminist Studies},
positively and seek greater recognition and status for traditionally female values and forms of behavior? This tension between equality and difference has divided feminists in a variety of contexts. It is central to the debates over "women's culture" in feminist historical scholarship, for example.' Scholars analyzing women's experience, of course, can hedge on the issue, aiming for a balanced perspective that incorporates the insights of both positions. But in more immediately political… Expand
The battered body : a feminist legal history
This thesis investigates a current debate within feminist th eory, and specifically within feminist legal theory, about how to challenge the li beral construction of women's subjectivity. It contendsExpand
The Politics of Sex: Analyzing the Relationship between the State and Gender Identity and Desire
MAYER, RACHEL The Politics of Sex: Analyzing the Relationship between the State and Gender, Identity and Desire, June 2012 ADVISOR: MARSO, LORI The disenfranchised experiences of women are central toExpand
History in the Courtroom: The Sears Case in Perspective
ALTHOUGH THE WORK of most historians receives little attention beyond the academy, two historians have recently found their scholarship scrutinized in the public spotlight. As a result of changingExpand
Hours and Wages: The Gendering of Labor Standards in America
My generation, in its quest for feminist change, has faced many of the same struggles and obstacles in the American legal process as our historical predecessors. We have both become enamored of lawExpand
Women's Labor History, 1790-1945
Before 1968, books that dealt with the history of women and work in the U.S. barely occupied one library shelf.' Stimulated by the reemergence of feminism, the activism of the New Left, and theExpand
Paternalism and Pink Collars: Gender and Federal Employee Relations, 1941–50
Women substantially increased their presence in Washington, D.C.'s federal civil service during World War II. Accordingly, agency administrators struggled to define and address the “needs” of theseExpand
Feminist State Theory: Applications to Jurisprudence, Criminology, and the Welfare State
This chapter discusses developments in feminist state theory through a comparison of feminist interventions into jurisprudence, criminology, and welfare state theory. Early feminist work on the stateExpand
The Just Price, the Free Market, and the Value of Women
For feminist historians, the 1980s might be described in the words with which Charles Dickens introduced his famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities: they are the best of times, they are the worst ofExpand
Feminist Perspectives on Mothering and Peace
Introduction In the past decade we have witnessed numerous regional wars and low intensity conflicts throughout the world, unparalleled "peacetime" military expenditures, and an extraordinaryExpand
The Hidden Discourse of Masculinity in Gender Discrimination Law
T he relationship among difference, sameness, and equality is one of the founding relationships of liberal democracies. It was an assumption made by John Locke that different talents, motivations,Expand


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Sears, Roebuck and Company: A Personal Account
This article was first published in Radical History Review No. 25, 1986. Since then the controversy has escalated dramatically, with articles in the New York Times and Ms magazine and editorials inExpand
Despite Doubts, U.S
  • Presses to Resolve Sears Bias Case," Washington Post,
  • 1985
Response to 'Written Rebuttal Testimony of Dr
  • Rosalind Rosenberg',"
  • 1985
Offer of Proof," pars
  • July 1984),
  • 1984
MIT Press, 1976); and Kay K
  • Deaux and Joseph C. Ullman, Women of Steel: Female Blue-Collar Workers in the Basic Steel Industry
  • 1983
I think that it is the responsibility of the scholar to see that public policy is based on sound premises, even if doing so means criticizing the EEOC," she said. "Back
  • Women and Society Seminar,
  • 1979
Parker's "EEOC Discovers Its Investigation of Sears Is So Flawed, It Should Settle and Not Sue," Employment Relations Report, 1 Aug
  • The first such report,
  • 1979
See Clarice Stasz , " Room at the Bottom , " Working Papers " Despite Doubts , U . S . Presses to Resolve Sears Bias Case , " Al . For details on the AT & T and steel consent decrees , see
  • Women of Steel : Female Blue - Collar Workers in the Basic Steel Industry Seeks Dismissal of Sears Job - Rights Suit , " New York Times , 28 Mar .
  • 1976
Statement, 9 (emphasis in the original). As mentioned above, this affirmative action plan was instituted after the original EEOC commissioner's charge
  • 1973