ERIC Number: ED224756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Current Attack on Women's Rights: A Political-Economic Perspective.
The right-wing attack on women's rights in the United States manifests itself in the regulation of reproductive rights, the family, and the workplace and corresponds to the changing needs of capital in an era of social and economic crises. Against this background, anti-abortion legislation, the Family Protection Act, and discrimination in the workplace are supported by a national network of power and corporate wealth funded by industrialists and financiers. Currently, more women are entering the work force to supplement family income or as single heads of households. Women remain subjugated, however, by a bourgeois morality that suggests they are primarily wives and mothers and secondarily workers; as a result, low wages for women are legitimized. Until this bourgeois morality is challenged in the United States, women will continue to be exploited and capital will retain a free hand to move them in and out at will. The attack on women is only a small part of the national network of power and wealth, however, which also attacks busing, affirmative action, the graduated income tax, SALT II, and socialized medicine. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Study of Labor and Economic Crisis, San Francisco, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, CA, September, 1982).