In last night's Berks County Bar Association Lecture, Caroline Fredrickson, President of the American Constitution Society, analyzed the place of women, particularly those women who don't have an opportunity to "lean in," in the contemporary workplace. Based on her book, Under the Bus: How Working Women are being Run Over, her talk detailed the legislative enactments, legal loopholes, court decisions, and social attitudes that make for a world in which women are paid 78 cents for every dollar paid to men.
This morning, Caroline Fredrickson visited my Women's Work class. It was a doubly good match. Her topic is our topic. But the subtitle of our course - "a comparative historical perspective" - deepens the fit. Caroline's father was the eminent historian George Fredrickson, author of admired histories of racism (yes, a concern for equality and justice are the family business). He was also a great pioneer of the comparative approach to history, a view that informs my courses, and, indeed, the global connections requirement. The class was a splendid dialogue between Caroline and the many students willing to share experiences from their working lives.
We are grateful to the Bar Association of Berks County for sponsoring Ms. Fredrickson's visit to Albright.
© John Robert Pankratz