This graduate-level course examines issues related to women’s paid and unpaid work during a time of rapid integration of world markets. Students will analyze the role of government policy, unions, corporate responsibility, and social movements in raising women's wages, promoting equal opportunity, fighting discrimination in the workplace, and improving working conditions. We will also examine issues related to women’s work that does not pass through the market as women continue to perform most of the unpaid work caring for children and the elderly. Economic, political, and social aspects of women’s working lives will gain our attention, as we examine a host of important issues ranging from the work-family balance, poverty, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, conflict, women in developing countries, and the relationship between women’s employment and child health.
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