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From Marriage to the MarketThe Transformation of Women's Lives and Work$
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Susan Thistle

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245907

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245907.001.0001

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The “New Economy” and the Transformation of Women's Work

The “New Economy” and the Transformation of Women's Work

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From Marriage to the Market

Susan Thistle

University of California Press

This chapter examines the social and economic order that has been built out of the pieces of women's old ways of life and work. It shows the roles played by the commercialization of women's domestic chores and labor in the rise of the new economy of the twenty-first century. It notes that women's massive entrance into paid employment, while bringing women themselves new earnings, also resulted in new profits for their employers and great gains for the economy overall. It documents the historic change in the source of women's livelihood, comparing the reliance of African American and white women on income from men or on their own wages in 1960 and today. It then examines the outcomes of such a shift for women of different backgrounds, asking to what extent those at different levels of education of either race are succeeding in “having it all”.

Keywords:   women, domestic chores, new economy, commercialization, earnings, African American, white women, income, levels of education, race

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