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Education and Women's Work: Female Schooling and the Division of Labor in Urban America


reviewed by Kate Rousmaniere 1993

coverTitle: Education and Women's Work: Female Schooling and the Division of Labor in Urban America
Author(s): John L. Rury
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791406172, Pages: , Year: 1991
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John Rury's Education and Women's Work is a historical study of the reciprocal relationship between women's education and women's work. Guiding the narrative is the thesis that the development of women's secondary schooling at the turn of the century was shaped by economic demands, not social interests or moral priorities. By the early twentieth century, Rury argues, the nature and extent of women's educational opportunity was determined by local labor market conditions. As schools prepared their students for their future role in the economy, the demands of the labor market drove schools to reflect the economy's gender and class divisions. Thus, even in a period marked by the unprecedented expansion of women's education and employment, economic realities limited the educational opportunities of working-class women, and defined the employment opportunities for middle-class women. What Rury identifies as a "curious dialectic of opportunity and constraint" (p. 3) marked the expansion of public secondary schools for women. The political economy of schooling defined women's educational opportunity as the American public secondary... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 94 Number 4, 1993, p. 853-855
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 211, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 7:46:50 PM

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