Crowdsourcing the Work-Family Debate: A Colloquy – Introduction

10 Pages Posted: 13 May 2011

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Margaret Chon

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: May 12, 2011


Professor Joan C. Williams “seeks to build bridges” across audiences and disciplines with her latest book, Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter. She also attempts to bridge seemingly insuperable chasms of gender and class, to encourage the formation of a political coalition that is simultaneously profamily and prowork. In Web 2.0 argot, “crowdsourcing” is a distributed, networked computing method of solving problems through the combination of ideas from individual sources and different perspectives. This issue of the Seattle University Law Review features ten other distinguished legal scholars who add their designs to Williams’s bridge blueprint through scholarly crowdsourcing. Their approaches result in surprising, sometimes provocative new ideas for cultural, legal, and policy reform at the nexus of work and family.

Keywords: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joan C. Williams, class, families, feminism, gender, masculinity, sex roles, social classes, work and family, working mothers

Suggested Citation

Chon, Margaret, Crowdsourcing the Work-Family Debate: A Colloquy – Introduction (May 12, 2011). Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 34, 2011; Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 11-14. Available at SSRN:

Margaret Chon (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

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P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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