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Books: Workplace and Family

Listed in alphabetical order by author.


Rick Atkinson. The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point’s Class of 1966. Henry Holt, 1989.


Barbara J. Berg. The Crisis of the Working Mother: Resolving the Conflict Between Family and Work. Summit Books, 1986.

Sherna Berger Gluck. Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Women, The War and Social Change. Twayne Publishers, 1987.

Jessie Bernard. Academic Women. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1964.

Allan Bérubé. Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two. Macmillan, 1990.

Amy Sue Bix. Girls Coming To Tech! A History of American Engineering Education for Women. MIT Press, 2014.


Margaret Chin. Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry. Columbia University Press, 2005.

Dorothy Sue Cobble. The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America. Princeton University Press, 2004.

Gail Collins. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. Little, Brown & Co., 2009.

Stephanie Coontz. The Way We Never Were: American Families and The Nostalgia Trap. Basic Books, 1993.

Stephanie Coontz. The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms With America’s Changing Families. Basic Books, 1998.

Nancy Cott. Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation. Harvard University Press, 2000.

Ann Crittenden. The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is the Least Valued. Metropolitan Books, 2001.


Dennis A. Deslippe. Rights Not Roses: Unions and the Rise of Working Class Feminism, 1945 - 1980. University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Thomas Dublin. Women at Work. Columbia University Press, 1979.


Ilene Rose Feinman. Citizenship Rites: Feminist Soldiers and Feminist Antimilitarists. New York University Press, 2000.

Natalie M. Fousekis. Demanding Child Care: Women's Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940 - 1971. University of Illinois Press, 2011.

Jo Foxworth. Boss Lady: An Executive Woman Talks About Making It. Crowell, 1978.

Linda Bird Francke. Ground Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military. Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Betty Friedan and Brigid O’Farrell. Beyond Gender: The New Politics of Work and Family. Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1997.


Kathleen Gerson. The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Joshua Goldstein. Gender and War: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Donna Haraway. Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science. Routledge, 1989.

Anita Hill. Speaking Truth to Power. Doubleday, 1997.

Arlie Hochshild. The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home. Penguin, 1989.


Madeleine Kunin. The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.


Lilly Ledbetter. Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond. Random House, 2012.

Susan Rimby Leighow. Nurses’ Questions/Women’s Questions: The Impact of the Demographic Revolution and Feminism on United States Working Women, 1946 - 1986. Peter Lang, 1996.

Oscar Lewis. La Vida: A Puerto Rican Family in the Culture of Poverty. Vintage Books, 1966.


Catharine MacKinnon. Sexual Harassment of Working Women. Yale University, 1979.

Nancy MacLean. Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace. Russell Sage Foundation, 2006.

Lois K. Merry. Women Military Pilots of World War II. McFarland, 2010.

Nancy Mezey. LGBT Families. SAGE Publications, 2015.

Sonya Michel. Children’s Interest/Mothers’ Rights: The Shaping of America’s Child Care Policy. Yale University Press, 1999.

Ruth Milkman. Gender At Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex During World War II. University of Illinois Press, 1987.

Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee. A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.


Georgia Nielsen. From Sky Girl to Flight Attendant: Women and the Making of a Union. Cornell University, 1982.


Annelise Orleck. Storming Caesar’s Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty. Beacon Press, 2005.


Sheryl Sandberg. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Knopf, 2013.


Lauri Umansky. Motherhood Reconceived: Feminism and the Legacies of the Sixties. New York University Press, 1996.


Alice Walker. The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart. Random House, 2000.

Joan Williams. Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Nancy Woloch. A Class By Herself: Protective Labor Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s. Princeton University Press, 2015.

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