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What distinction does a written structure make to public coverage? How have ladies staff fared in a kingdom certain by way of constitutional rules, in comparison with these now not lined by way of formal, written promises of reasonable technique or equitable consequence? to enquire those questions, Vivien Hart strains the evolution of minimal salary regulations within the usa and Britain from their universal origins in women's politics round 1900 to their divergent results in our day. She argues, opposite to universal knowledge, that the virtue has been with the yank constitutional approach instead of the British. Basing her research on fundamental study, Hart reconstructs criminal suggestions and coverage judgements that revolved round the attractiveness of ladies as staff and the general public definition of gender roles. Contrasting seismic shifts and enlargement in American minimal salary coverage with indifference and eventual abolition in Britain, she demanding situations preconceptions in regards to the constraints of yank constitutionalism as opposed to British flexibility. although constitutional standards did block and frustrate women's makes an attempt to realize reasonable wages, in addition they, as Hart demonstrates, created a terrain within the usa for principled debate approximately girls, paintings, and the state--and a momentum for public policy--unparalleled in Britain. Hart's e-book may be of curiosity to coverage, hard work, women's, and criminal historians, to political scientists, and to scholars of gender matters, legislation, and social coverage.

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76 There was no reason in principle why a minimum wage bill and a licensing bill should not have been brought in together. ”81 Right up to 1909, she attempted to maintain gendered legislation and public health measures as the solution to sweating, defending them, in increasing isolation, against the WTUL analysis of low wages and industrial work. ” Her hope was that “by setting a standard in any one particular . . 83 Her opposition split at least two women’s organizations to which she belonged, the National Council of Women and WIC.

It took place primarily among leaders of their organizations. 89 These leaders were political activists, not feminist theorists, and their underlying beliefs about gender and work were rarely made explicit. But their political language and policy choices also articulated the beliefs that both motivated and divided them. The voices of Lady Dilke and Gertrude Tuckwell, Mary Macarthur, and Margaret MacDonald are on the record. They were friends and fellow workers, prominent in the collectivist causes that united the radical wing of the Liberal party with Labour.

83 Her opposition split at least two women’s organizations to which she belonged, the National Council of Women and WIC. 84 When Black proposed that WIC endorse a minimum wage for home and factory workers, MacDonald was furious. MacDonald had placed herself on one end of the range of opinion: she stood for no Wages Boards at all; Black’s group within WIC and the WTUL for Wages Boards for all sweated workers. “What fun it would be if we all converted each other on Jan. ” WIC and WTUL shared only the ultimate goal of ending sweating.

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