Through ten legal cases, Because of Sex illuminates not only the significance of the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s Title VII in the progress and setbacks of women in the workplace, but also how individuals subsequently shaped and defined the struggle for equality in the workplace over time.
Barbara Baumgartner is Director of undergraduate studies at the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also Associate Director of the Washington University Prison Education Program. Her research and teaching interests include medical history, gender and health, issues surrounding mass incarceration, and American literature.
Posts by Barbara Baumgartner
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.