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The Maternal Wall

Faye J. Crosby, Joan Williams and Monica Biernat

Although the economic and social position of women has improved considerably in the last decades, some gendered expectations and roles have proved remarkably resilient. Increasingly, the gender gap in compensation has become an issue of mother versus other. Conservatives tend to frame the gender imbalance in terms of women's choices; but feminists, including those in this issue, debunk explanations that blame women for gender differences in earnings. Contributors to this issue, whose work we introduce here, chronicle and analyze the power of stereotypic thinking and behavior, and also discuss how to change both stereotypes and realities.
  • Print Location Faye J. Crosby, Joan Williams & Monica Biernat The Maternal Wall, 60 J. Soc. Issues 675 (2004).

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