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BARD COLLEGE PRESENTS A LECTURE BY NOTED AUTHOR LINDA R. HIRSHMAN ON SEPTEMBER 21 “Nothing but Your Chains: The Moral Argument for Working Women” will be followed by a panel discussion on September 22
Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College presents a lecture and panel discussion by Linda R. Hirshman, author of Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World. On Thursday, September 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Hirshman will discuss “Nothing but Your Chains: The Moral Argument for Working Women.” “Get to Work,” a panel discussion on Friday, September 22, at 12 noon in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, features Hirshman joined by copanelists Rania Antonopoulos, resident scholar and project coordinator of the Gender Equality and Economy Program at the Levy Economics Institute; Amy Ansell, associate professor of sociology; Carolyn Dewald, professor of classical and historical studies; and Tsu-Yu Tsao, professor of economics.
Linda R. Hirshman, a political philosopher and former practicing lawyer, held the Allen/Berenson Chair in Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University, where she taught until 2002. In addition to Get to Work, she has written two books, one with legal historian Jane Larson, Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex (Oxford, 1998), and A Woman’s Guide to Law School (Viking/Penguin 1999), as well as many articles, scholarly and popular.
Hirshman’s argument in Get to Work against “choice feminism” or the “opt-out revolution” of educated, middle-class women who leave the workplace after marriage has made her an irresistible target for critics on both the right and left. As she describes the book: “Get to Work paints a picture of the new stay at home moms, from the elite ‘Brides of the Times’ to the most modest bloggermom to the anonymous women in the U.S.
census. It traces the history of a movement that failed to address the most important question of the family and how the unchanged family prevents women from gaining access to social and economic power. It shows how the unjust family prevents women from getting to work.”
The lecture and panel discussion is sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Bard. For further information, call 845-758-7421.
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This event was last updated on 10-02-2006