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Technology and Woman's Work


reviewed by Esther Westervelt 1965

coverTitle: Technology and Woman's Work
Author(s): Elizabeth F. Baker
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Harriet Martineau observed in 1836 that in America, "it is a boast that women do not labor . . . (yet) so many women are dependent on their exertions." Technology thrust American women into the labor force during our nation's infancy. As Baker notes, Alexander Hamilton hailed the factory employment of women, which, he observed, increased factory production without taking men from the fields, which could "continue with convenience, during the night, as well as through the day," and which rendered "women and children . . . more useful . . . than they would otherwise be." Yet Baker, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Barnard, is the first since Edith Abbott, whose Women in Industry was published in 1913, to explore the impact of industrial technology on women's labor force participation and, concomitantly, on the employment patterns of those women in the lower echelons of the labor force who "are dependent... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 6, 1965, p. 563-563
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2486, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 7:52:54 PM

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