A Drop in the Bucket and a Pacifier in Hand: Women's Working Lives from 1960 to 1985.
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This is not a story about some great war or an epic battle, where valiant men die and heroes are born. Some tale of terrorism, a biography of a noble, benevolent king or queen. This is a story about the other half of American society, the working wives and mothers that have remained marginalized in a restrictive, corseted traditional female gender role of subservience; those women that have subsisted as the underbelly of the American economy. In recent media, the New York Times ran an article about the Congressional legislation that would gradually raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to a little over 7 dollars an hour. While the passing of this law would certainly help workers residing on the very bottom rung of the American , economy, it poses an interesting question about the value of these workers "who empty the bedpans, change the bed linens, sweep the floors and do the hardest work" and their to the rest of country. In separate, yet related articles, the Times and Newsweek commented on an alarming new trend for the men and women of the American family. For the first time in history, more American women are living without a husband than with one.