By just knowing her, Dorothy Sue Cobble is a professor of history, women’s gender studies and labor studies. Apart from that she also holds a Ph.D. in History of America that she attained from Stanford University. She has written many books with the book in discussion The Other Women’s Movement being one of them. The book is a publication of Princeton University Press and it gives a historical scrutiny of the feminism relationship with working class women in the U.S in the year 1930 and 1980. We can simply say the book achieved this goal.
The feminists in America have always fought for women to be given their own rights and also for the women to be treated well as men have always been treated. They also want the same respect that men are given in the society. They have continuously demanded social rights and demanded the masculine status to be scrapped off. Dorothy Cobble in her book take us back top the fight the feminists started a long time ago and the achievements they achieved that time including convincing the employers at that time to respect the employee rights for women. This fight started from the factory workers and their unions and was later on absorbed by the so called pink collared that included the telephone operators, secretaries and receptionists. Surprising enough, the same grievances they had at that time is the same as what women are still trying to solve until now; problems like trying to balance their family life and work also how to deal with economic segregation the women experience. The struggle begun from the 1930 and Dorothy in her book makes us understand the influence these women though existed a long time ago have to today’s women’s struggle for recognition.
The book Other Women’s Movement is a well researched, sophisticated and with fine distinction in its augmentation. Dorothy in her book does not touch on women struggle in the simple perspective that people will take it; she also brings the aspect of race and class as much as women politics are concerned. In her book Dorothy tells how the feminist in the earlier generation went about their fight for recognition and special attention. She points out their strategy of allying with working class women at that time and black men as at that time the black women were the spear of the feminist movements. A good strategy it was working with the black race because at that time they were also oppressed by discrimination and thus was ready to help knowing what discrimination was. The women at that time were not only focused on gender different but fought the fight of wanting good working conditions for everyone; this made their fight successful. It is a wake call for feminists now.
In this book of hers, Dorothy talks of the factory workers who demanded not only for equal treatment but more than that; they wanted special treatment. Dorothy here portrays very ambitious women who despite the fact that they are looked down upon, want to achieve something even higher. They argue that the gender differences are there and that equality wasn’t enough as women had special responsibilities of taking care of their families and have to bear babies and other responsibilities. The women Dorothy narrates in this book The Other Women’s Movement ended up being granted their wishes of being treated equally as men and getting time to take care of their families. The women should not be overlooked as the efforts are the ones that lead for today employment practices being used. The book does well in making a connection between the current feminist efforts and struggle to its roots of just simple women in a union in a factory somewhere in 1930s.