Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That by Gillian Thomas

By Gillian Thomas

“Meticulously researched and worthwhile to read…Thomas is a proficient storyteller.” —The big apple occasions publication Review

Best often called a enormous success of the civil rights circulation, the 1964 Civil Rights Act additionally revolutionized the lives of America’s operating ladies. identify VII of the legislation made it unlawful to discriminate “because of sex.” yet that straightforward word didn’t suggest a lot until eventually traditional ladies started utilizing the legislation to get justice at the job—and a few took their fights the entire technique to the excellent courtroom. between them have been Ida Phillips, denied an meeting line activity simply because she had a preschool-age baby; Kim Rawlinson, who fought to turn into a jail guard—a “man’s job”; Mechelle Vinson, who introduced a lawsuit for sexual abuse ahead of “sexual harassment” even had a reputation; Ann Hopkins, denied partnership at an immense 8 accounting enterprise as the males dependable suggestion she wanted "a path at allure school”; and such a lot lately, Peggy younger, UPS truck motive force, pressured to take an unpaid depart during pregnancy simply because she requested for a brief reprieve from heavy lifting.

These unsung heroines’ victories, and people of the opposite ladies profiled in Gillian Thomas' Because of Sex, dismantled a “Mad males” global the place girls may purely wish to play assisting roles; the place sexual harassment used to be “just the way in which issues are”; and the place being pregnant intended getting a purple slip.

Through first-person debts and bright narrative, Because of intercourse tells the tale of ways one legislations, our maximum court docket, and some tenacious ladies replaced the yankee office forever.

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