A week after its release, ACS President Caroline Fredrickson’s book, Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, is receiving accolades for its examination of the legal and cultural obstacles faced by women in the workplace, and it is resonating with women who cannot advance at work by simply “leaning in,” or “opting out.”
Linda Tirado of Elle explains, “Someone once asked me what I thought about ‘lean-in feminism.’ I told her that it was meant for wealthy women, not for women like me. Work, as I've always understood it, isn't a gentle, swaying sort of thing. It's not full of opportunities for musing on work/life-balance. It's where you go, when they let you, to make whatever money they'll give you in exchange for your labor.”
These sentiments are echoed by Sheila Bapat at Feministing, who writes, “Fredrickson takes ownership of the problematic ‘lean in’ and ‘having it all’ frameworks and the class chasms they reveal,” adding that the book “applies both data and personal narratives to show that most women in the US are working in low-wage, unpredictable, insecure, and exploitative environments ― even though many women are the sole breadwinners for their families.”
For more insight into the book and its analysis of how today’s labor laws exclude women workers, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and discrimination, take a look at the resources below.
Financial Exploitation of Women in the Workplace Is the Canary in the Coal Mine, Truthout
Congress’ Despicable War on Working Women: How Our Warped Laws Perpetuate Discrimination, Salon
Book review, Sheila Bapat, Feministing
Book review, Linda Tirado, Elle Magazine
Book review, Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones
Book review, Kirkus
Lean In or Opt-Out? Or How About We Change the Law?, The WorkLife Hub (podcast)
Interview, Uprising with Sonali (video)
Interview, Thom Hartmann Program (video)
Economic Policy Institute panel discussion, Are Working Women Leaning In or Being Run Over? (video)
And visit the Under The Bus Facebook page to join in the discussion.
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