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Dishing It Out
Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century
Dorothy Sue Cobble
University of Illinois Press, 1991
      "Rich in detail, studded with telling anecdotes, Dishing It Out
        is just as vivid and evocative as its title suggests. . . . This book
        speaks with clarity and good sense to the major debates in the history
        of work and gender and will become a landmark in our growing understanding
        of the relationships between the two."
        -- Susan Porter Benson, author of Counter Cultures
      "In this imaginative study of waitresses, work, and unionism, Cobble
        challenges us all to rethink the conventional wisdom about the relationship
        between craft unionism and the possibilities for women workers' collective
        action. Women's labor history will never be the same."
        -- Ruth Milkman, author of Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job
        Segregation by Sex during World War II

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No Permanent Waves
Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism
Hewitt, Nancy A
Rutgers University Press, 2010
No Permanent Waves boldly enters the ongoing debates over the utility of the "wave" metaphor for capturing the complex history of women's rights by offering fresh perspectives on the diverse movements that comprise U.S. feminism, past and present. Seventeen essays--both original and reprinted--address continuities, conflicts, and transformations among women's movements in the United States from the early nineteenth century through today.

A respected group of contributors from diverse generations and backgrounds argue for new chronologies, more inclusive conceptualizations of feminist agendas and participants, and fuller engagements with contestations around particular issues and practices. Race, class, and sexuality are explored within histories of women's rights and feminism as well as the cultural and intellectual currents and social and political priorities that marked movements for women's advancement and liberation. These essays question whether the concept of waves surging and receding can fully capture the complexities of U.S. feminisms and suggest models for reimagining these histories from radio waves to hip-hop.

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