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Sarah H. Laslett
TCSIUS 345
Tacoma Campus

Women and Work in the United States

Studies the fundamental changes and continuities in women's work lives in the context of U.S. economic development. Examines multiplicity and diversity of women's work contributions, both paid and unpaid. Highlights both the commonalties among women's work experiences and the differences with regard to life-cycle stage, occupation, and race/ethnicity.

Class description

This course will offer you the opportunity to explore what "women's work" has meant as it has changed over time, what the implications of this label are for gender equity, and how woman have struggled successfully and unsuccessfully within and against that label to effect positive change for themselves, their families, communities, and work places. Our investigation of gender will intersect with race, ethnicity, class, and immigration experience. These and other catagories are essential to beginning to map out the complex worlds of women's lives. We will consider social and economic forces as they have developed over time, and the role of gender in the development of political power.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Since this course will run for four hours on a Saturday, my main goal in designing class activities will be to ensure enough variety so that we can stay engaged and interested. To this end, each class period will involved several kinds of activities, lecture (both mine and guests), large group discussion, small group work, the viewing of films, etc. In all cases, the goal will be to create an atmosphere in which all points of view are welcome whilte we engage in a rigorous exploration of our topic.

Recommended preparation

Come with a genuine interest in the topic!

Class assignments and grading

Students will be asked to write papers and do presentations. Alternative kinds of assignments can be designed in collaboration between the student and instructor. There will be significant reading for the course -a combination of historical/analytic texts and original documents from workers themselves.

Grades will be based on completion of assignments and the quality of the thinking that is reflected in student writing and class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sarah H. Laslett
Date: 11/03/2003