Google full text of our books:


The Other Women's Movement:
Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America
Dorothy Sue Cobble

Winner of the 2005 - 28th Annual Philip Taft Labor History Award, International Association of Labour History Institutions
Honorable Mention for the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2004

Paperback | 2005 | $37.50 | £31.95 | ISBN: 9780691123684
336 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 26 halftones.
Add to Shopping Cart

eBook | ISBN: 9781400840861 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors

Reviews | Table of Contents
Introduction [HTML] or [PDF] pdf-icon

Google full text of this book:

American feminism has always been about more than the struggle for individual rights and equal treatment with men. There's also a vital and continuing tradition of women's reform that sought social as well as individual rights and argued for the dismantling of the masculine standard. In this much anticipated book, Dorothy Sue Cobble retrieves the forgotten feminism of the previous generations of working women, illuminating the ideas that inspired them and the reforms they secured from employers and the state. This socially and ethnically diverse movement for change emerged first from union halls and factory floors and spread to the "pink collar" domain of telephone operators, secretaries, and airline hostesses. From the 1930s to the 1980s, these women pursued answers to problems that are increasingly pressing today: how to balance work and family and how to address the growing economic inequalities that confront us. The Other Women's Movement traces their impact from the 1940s into the feminist movement of the present.

The labor reformers whose stories are told in The Other Women's Movement wanted equality and "special benefits," and they did not see the two as incompatible. They argued that gender differences must be accommodated and that "equality" could not always be achieved by applying an identical standard of treatment to men and women. The reform agenda they championed--an end to unfair sex discrimination, just compensation for their waged labor, and the right to care for their families and communities--launched a revolution in employment practices that carries on today.

Unique in its range and perspective, this is the first book to link the continuous tradition of social feminism to the leadership of labor women within that movement.


"This [book] . . . shows the results of prodigious research. . . . Cobble believes that labor feminism learned from second-wave feminism and that later the new feminism learned from the old. She outlines steps that must be taken for labor feminism to be revitalized."--Library Journal

"Dorothy Sue Cobble has recovered . . . a feminist legacy that in its embrace of female difference refused to conform to 'men's ways.' She provides a usable past for those of us who wish to revalue women's labors. . . . Cobble's stunning reinterpretation persuasively shows that we've been looking in the wrong place for a mass movement after suffrage and before women's liberation. She names this movement 'labor feminism.'"--Eileen Boris, Women's Review of Books

"A rich contribution to the history of American women and American labor from the 1930s to the 1980s."--Choice

"In this meticulously documented and richly characterized book . . . [Cobble] provides a detailed and lively account . . . of the aspirations of an often-overlooked movement within what is commonly considered a monolithic American [feminism]."--Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

"[A] sweeping new history of working-class feminism. . . . Future studies of post-World War II labor activism, politics, and feminism will build on this crucial work."--Annelise Orleck, Reviews in American History

"Meticulously researched and beautifully written. The kind of history that causes us radically to rethink what we thought we knew about the relationship between feminism and social class. We cannot afford to ignore the lessons of the past she so cogently analyzes for today's activists and scholars."--Mary Margaret Fonow, British Journal Of Industrial Relations

"[A] remarkable . . . fascinating new history of the 'other,' forgotten feminism."--Sarah Blustain, The American Prospect

More reviews

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION: The Missing Wave 1
CHAPTER ONE: The Other Labor Movement 11
CHAPTER TWO: Social Feminism Remade 50
CHAPTER THREE: Women's Job Rights 69
CHAPTER FOUR: Wage Justice 94
CHAPTER FIVE: The Politics of the "Double Day" 121
CHAPTER SIX: Labor Feminism at High Tide 145
CHAPTER SEVEN: The Torch Passes 180
CHAPTER EIGHT: An Unfinished Agenda 206
EPILOGUE: The Next Wave 223



Subject Areas:

Shopping Cart options:

  • For ebooks:

Our eBook editions are available
from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store
  • Google Play eBook Store
  • Kobo eBook Store
  • Many of our ebooks are available through
    library electronic resources including these platforms:

  • Books at JSTOR
  • Ebrary
  • Ebook Library
  • EBSCO Ebooks
  • MyiLibrary
  • Dawsonera (UK)

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

     Paperback : $37.50 ISBN: 9780691123684

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

     Paperback  £31.95 ISBN: 9780691123684

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 7/11/2017

    Questions and comments to:
    Princeton University Press

    New Book E-mails
    New In Print
    PUP Blog
    Princeton APPS
    Sample Chapters
    Princeton Legacy Library
    Exam/Desk Copy
    Recent Awards
    Princeton Shorts
    Freshman Reading
    PUP Europe
    About Us
    Contact Us
    PUP Home

    Bookmark and Share 
    Send me emails
    about new books in:
    American History
    Gender Studies
    Political Science And International Relations
    More Choices