10/17: Katherine Turk on “Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace”

What defines workplace equality? In 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act placed this question at the forefront of American politics. Equality on Trial examines how a generation of workers and feminists fought to infuse broad notions of sex equality into civil rights law. Their contests to fix the meaning of sex equality ultimately laid the legal and cultural foundation for the neoliberal work regimes that enabled some women to break the glass ceiling as employers lowered the floor for everyone else.

Katherine Turk is an Assistant Professor of History and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Turk received her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2011. Her essays have appeared in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas (2014), the Law and History Review (2013), the Journal of American History (2010), and elsewhere.

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support