Jobs report: The slow, uneven progress of equal opportunity

fe30mf Jobs report: The slow, uneven progress of equal opportunity

How far have we come since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed job discrimination on the basis of race and sex? Not nearly far enough, says a new book analyzing changing workplaces from 1964 to 2005.

The  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission opened their private-sector employer reports to sociologists Kevin Stainback and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, who used the data in their book “Documenting Desegregation,” a sweeping look at the successes — and considerable failures — of the landmark legislation.

The authors found that while the Civil Rights Act of 1964 began to disrupt a system of obstacles for both women and African-Americans, it didn’t offer practical ways to renegotiate institutional practices in the workplace. Instead, it relied (and continues to rely) heavily on lawsuits based on especially egregious cases of discrimination. As a result, progress has been uneven and often stalled all together.

As reported by economics professor Nancy Folbre for the New York Times:

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Jobs report: The slow, uneven progress of equal opportunity


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