Women and the Public interest

Women and the Public interest

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Jessie Bernard, in this serious book, pulls into an analytic framework the research, theory, and polemics about the status and problems of women as they relate to public policy. With a scholarly, deeply concerned eye, the author comprehensively examines areas of public interest, human resource development and utilization, self-fulfillment and sex roles, and the women's liberation movement. Bernard argues that sexual division of labor is at odds with the qgeneral welfareq provision of the Constitution, and that artificial sexual allocation of function impedes the qpursuit of happinessq mandate of the Declaration of Independence. Avoiding both the shrillness of political rhetoric about women's rights and the dullness of an impersonal research paper, Bernard writes knowledgeably and sympathetically about what women can and should do to change public policy and achieve their goals. She combs the sociological and related literatures to document and analyze women's special burdens and disadvantages in American society and concludes that a radical redrawing of sex roles is necessary. A generally positive discussion of the recent women's liberation movement, including portraits of some of its leaders drawn from personal interviews, is also included. Designed for all readers, the book can readily serve as an overview of the historical roots of the women's movement. It provides excellent reading for courses in social psychology and sociology. Guidance counselors and personnel directors will find this book of continuing use, in their practical activities on behalf of career-oriented women. Jessie Bernard (1903-1996) was Research Scholar, Honoris Causa, at the Pennsylvania State University. Her many books include Remarriage, The Sex Game, The Future of Marriage, American Community Behavior, and Social Problems at Midcentury; and, she has contributed numerous articles to professional journals. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and Washington University, and had a distinguished career that included the presidency of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.A study of engineering aptitude as currently conceived reported that 7 per cent of those who had such aptitude were ... And, in fact, the number of women enrolled in engineering schools more than doubled between 1949 and 1963 (Table 7.2).

Title:Women and the Public interest
Author:Jessie Bernard
Publisher:Transaction Publishers - 1971


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