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TITLE INFORMATION


Author: Elvia R. Arriola

Title: "What's the Big Deal?"

Subtitle: Women in the New York City Construction Industry and Sexual Harassment Law, 1970-1985

Journal: Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Year: Fall 1990

Pages: 21-71

ISSN: 0090-7944 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Prosecution: Laws; Types: Sexual Harassment



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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Author: Elvia R. Arriola, College of Law, Northern Illinois University

Contents:

  Introduction (p. 22)
  I. The Socio-Historical Groundwork for a Sexual Harassment Legal Theory: National Developments (p. 29)
    A. Early 1970s Feminist Body Politics and the Emergence of the "New Working Woman" (p. 29)
    B. Origins of a Feminist Jurisprudence: Legitimating the Social and Legal Claim for "Sexual Harassment" (p. 33)
    C. Public Reception of the New Women's Right to a Sexual-Harassment-Free Working Environment: A White-Collar Picture (p. 44)
  II. Blue Collar Feminist Organizing: The Negligible Impact of Sexual Harassment Remedies on the New York City Construction Industry (p. 48)
    A. The Essential Backdrop: Entrenched Patterns of Racism in the Construction Trades, 1970-1978 (p. 48)
    B. Early Efforts to Sexually Integrate the Construction Trades: Women's Organizations, 1978-1980 (p. 51)
      1. The First Factor: Racism (p. 54)
      2. The Second Factor: The Inopportune Timing of Feminist Organizing (p. 55)
      3. The Third Factor: The Lack of Post-Hiring Institutional Support (p. 57)
      4. The Fourth Factor: Blue-Collar Men and the Use of Harassment as a Shield Against the Erosion of a White Masculine Blue-Collar Work Culture (p. 58)
    C. The Search for Empowerment Against Sexual Hostility (p. 64)
  III. Sexual Harassment Law and All Working Women: Concluding Thoughts on the Relationship Between Feminist Theory and Practice (p. 65)
  Appendix A: Industry Facts (p. 68)
  Appendix B: Selected Interviews (p. 70)
  Appendix C: Contractors Employing Women Between 1979 and 1984 (p. 71)

Reprints:

Arriola, Elvia. R. »"What's the Big Deal?": Women in the New York City Construction Industry and Sexual Harassment Law.« Law and Violence Against Women: Cases and Materials on Systems of Oppression. Edited by Mary L. Fellows et al. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1994.

Arriola, Elvia. R. »"What's the Big Deal?": Women in the New York City Construction Industry and Sexual Harassment Law.« Applications of Feminist Legal Theory to Women's Lives: Sex, Work and Reproduction. Edited by D. Kelly Weisberg. 1996.

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