Civil Rights Law at Work: Sex Discrimination and the Rise of Maternity Leave Policies

American Journal of Sociology, Volume 105 Number 2 (September 1999): 455–92

38 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2014

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Erin Kelly

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Frank Dobbin

Harvard University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

By the time Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, many employers had created maternity leave programs. Analysts argue that they did so in response to the feminization of the workforce. This study charts the spread of maternity leave policies between 1955 and 1985 in a sample of 279 organizations.

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Erin and Dobbin, Frank, Civil Rights Law at Work: Sex Discrimination and the Rise of Maternity Leave Policies (1999). American Journal of Sociology, Volume 105 Number 2 (September 1999): 455–92. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2416857

Erin Kelly

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

Frank Dobbin (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Department of Sociology ( email )

33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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