AMERICAN WOMEN by Margaret Mead

AMERICAN WOMEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book constitutes The Report of the President's Commission on the Status of Women and other publications of the Commission. It is a complete document as presented to President Kennedy on October 11, 1963. seven Committees explored in depth the following areas: education; home and community services; private employment (in particular under federal contracts); employment in the federal government; labor standards; federal social insurance and taxes; legal treatment of women in respect to civil and political rights. With the understanding that the advance of women depends upon the advance of the entire economy, the commission made its recommendations in these areas, aiming toward the establishment of a commonality, of law, practice and usage. Margaret Mead in her epilogue points out that three basic assumptions underly these recommendations: that anything peculiarly feminine is a handicap; that both males and females attain full biological humanity only through marriage and the presence of children in the home; that the right to work at a paid job is an intrinsic condition in human dignity. As much a platform to action as an ad hoc reckoning of women's present status in the aforementioned areas, this Should be of principal interest to people in posts of influence
Publisher: Scribner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1965




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