Affirmative Action  

Not long ago, perhaps a little more than a decade, perfectly “qualified” women and people of color couldn’t get through the front door when it came to well-paying, prestigious occupations—or, indeed, many less attractive jobs. There were almost no black …



Rose Laub Coser  

Rose Laub Coser died August 21, 1994 at her summer home in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, ending seventy-eight years of intense and passionate commitment to her family, the institutions of which she was a part, sociological analysis, and the cause of social …



A New Attack on Feminism  

America’s ambivalence about the roles of women today was played out most ironically in the past presidential campaign. The Republican National Convention gave the private, family-centered woman Barbara Bush a very public and political role as a highlighted speaker, while …





Tribute to Michael Harrington  

I first came to really know Mike Harrington in 1976 on a lecture tour in India arranged by the USIA for International Women’s Year. My tour included a small conference on “Social Diversity, Economic Inequality and Political Integration” at a …



Managing Technology  

The voices of labor have always expressed caution at the introduction of new technology in the workplace. Some have been muted responses from those willing to wait and see. Others have been loud and organized cries against known or feared …





Women in Political Thought  

WOMEN IN WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT, by Susan Moller Okin. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 371 pp. Cloth, $22.50; paper, $4.95. Why some ideas are picked up and developed and others lie fallow is a question insufficiently addressed by the sociology of …





Guineas and Locks  

The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir, by Alice S. Rossi. New York: Columbia University Press. 716 pp. Guineas and locks, wrote Virginia Woolf, were two essential ingredients for creativity, and conditions virtually unobtainable for women. Alice Rossi’s anthology …