Feminist perspectives on family care: policies for gender justice
Sage Pubications, 29 ago 1995 - 418 pagine
Today women find themselves playing an ever-increasing role in caring for older family members who are frail, developmentally disabled, or suffering from serious mental illness. While this has role of women as caregivers has been documented, the actual impact on the lives of women has remained largely unstudied. In this volume, the authors examine caregiving as a central feminist issue, looking at its impact on women socially, personally, and economically. The authors review how changing family structures, the changing economy and workforce, and the changing health care demands of needy adults have impacted on women's lives. They critique existing public and private policies, demonstrating a need for fundamental structural changes in social institutions and attitudes to improve the lives of women. Finally, they propose a social model of care that is oriented toward gender justice--recognition of the work of caring and its impact upon women socially, personally, and economically. For students, scholars and practitioners in the field of gerontology, gender studies, and social work, this book is a must.
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GENDER DIFFERENCES IN WAGES AND BENEFITS In 1963, after an 18-year
battle in Congress, President Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act, making
it illegal for women employed in the same jobs as men to receive lower wages.
[The failure] to link wages and job security to family welfare narrows the contours
of the policy debate. (Kingston, 1990, p. 441) By limiting the definition of family
responsive policies, business and government leaders have avoided confronting
In addition, women are more likely to be employed in part-time or temporary jobs
than their male counterparts, which may allow them the flexibility to perform their
care responsibilities, but rarely provides adequate wages or pensions (Fuchs, ...
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