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Prof. Joanna Grossman Publishes New Book ‘Nine to Five’ on the Role Gender Continues to Play in the American Workplace

Joanna L. Grossman, the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law, has written the new book Nine to Five: How Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Continue to Define the American Workplace (Cambridge University Press 2016).

Nine to Five provides a comprehensive analysis of the role gender continues to play in the American workplace. Essays focus on defining sex discrimination, sexual harassment, discrimination against pregnant women and mothers, pay inequity, and the glass ceiling.

Professor Grossman has coauthored numerous books, including Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America, winner of the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History, and Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship.

From the Publisher
Nine to Five provides a lively and accessible introduction to the laws and policies regulating sex, sexuality, and gender identity in the American workplace. Contemporary cases and events reveal the breadth and persistence of sexism and gender stereotyping. Through a series of essays organized around sex discrimination, sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and pay equity, the book highlights legal rules and doctrines that privilege men over women and masculinity over femininity. In understanding the law — what it forbids, what it allows, and to what it turns a blind eye — we see why it is far too soon to declare the triumph of working women’s equality. Despite significant gains for women, gender continues to define the work experience in both predictable and surprising ways. A witty and engaging guide to the legal terrain, Nine to Five also proposes solutions to the many obstacles that remain on the path to equality.

Praise for Nine to Five
“Despite a half century of laws and policies on gender equality, the United States is a significant distance from achieving it. Nine to Five is a highly insightful and lively account of what stands in the way. Joanna Grossman brings wit, eloquence and a wealth of knowledge to the persistent problems that women confront in American workplaces. Her proposed solutions redefine the agenda in our struggle for truly equal opportunity.”
Deborah Rhode, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School

“If you think that gender inequality is a thing of the past, guess again. In this broad-ranging book, Joanna Grossman combines her extraordinary legal expertise about sex discrimination in the workplace with a brilliant diagnostic eye for how specific workplace practices continue to maintain a grossly unfair and unequal playing field for women. … The book epitomizes the power of concrete examples to test generalizations about how far we have come toward gender equality, and how far we have left to go.”
Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

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