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Women Historically Limited by Restrictions on Economic Opportunities, Says History's Kessler-Harris

Columbia History Professor Alice Kessler-Harris, whose "In Pursuit of Equity" (Oxford 2001), won a 2002 Bancroft Prize, says the status of women in the United States has historically been limited by restrictions on their economic opportunities.

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Alice Kessler-Harris

The right to work, as a civil right, has historically excluded women and served as a roadblock to attaining economic independence.

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Without economic citizenship, American women will be unable to attain full political status.

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The United States has been slow to adopt policies that would encourage and reward men and women to engage in care-giving roles.

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Published: Apr 25, 2002
Last modified:Jan 29, 2004