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Negotiating Work and Womanhood

Gail Landsman
American Anthropologist
New Series, Vol. 97, No. 1 (Mar., 1995), pp. 33-40
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/682377
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

Activism for family leave legislation directly engages women in attempts to resolve the opposition of motherhood and wage labor and reveals an ongoing negotiation of the meaning and boundaries of nurturance in American culture. While the national effort was rooted in the equality versus difference debate in feminism, local activists reframed discussion in terms of compelling social needs, and they found that conflicting definitions of the family threatened coalition unity.

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