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When women didn't count : the chronic mismeasure and marginalization of American women in federal statistics

Author: Robert Lopresti
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Erroneous government-generated "data" is more problematic than it would appear. This book demonstrates how women's history has consistently been hidden and distorted by 200 years of official government statistics.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lopresti, Robert.
When women didn't count.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2017]
(DLC) 2017019865
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Lopresti
ISBN: 9781440843686 1440843686
OCLC Number: 983799130
Description: xvii, 352 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Why care about government statistics?. Introduction ; Statistical system of the United States --
Demographics. Population and age ; Marriage, divorce, and cohabitation ; Motherhood ; Single mothers --
Women at home. Heads of household, heads of family ; Housewives, homemakers, and housekeepers --
Concepts of employment. "Occupations suitable for women" ; "Gainful Employment" ; Income ; Unemployment during the Great Depression --
Women at work. The Bureau of Labor statistics and the Women's Bureau ; Employment ; Women factory workers ; "Farm females" ; Women business owners, women-owned businesses --
Women and health. Nonreproductive health issues ; Contraception ; Abortion --
Women and the law. Women as criminals ; Prostitution ; Women as crime victims ; Rape --
Women at war. Rose the Riveter: civilian women during the World Wars ; Women in the military --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Robert Lopresti.

Abstract:

Erroneous government-generated "data" is more problematic than it would appear. This book demonstrates how women's history has consistently been hidden and distorted by 200 years of official government statistics.

Much of women's history has been hidden and filtered through unrealistic expectations and assumptions. Because U.S. government data about women's lives and occupations has been significantly inaccurate, these misrepresentations in statistical information have shaped the reality of women's lives. They also affect men and society as a whole: these numbers influence our investments, our property values, our representation in Congress, and even how we see our place in society. This book documents how U.S. federal government statistics have served to reveal and conceal facts about women in the United States. It reaches back to the late 1800s, when the U.S. Census Bureau first listed women's occupations, and forward to the present, when the U.S. government relies on nonprofit groups for statistics on abortion. Objective and accurate, When Women Didn't Count isn't focused on numbers and census results as much as on recognizing problems in data, exposing the hidden facets of government data, and using critical thinking when considered all seemingly authoritative sources. Readers will contemplate how the government decided that a "farmer's wife" could be a farmer, how the ongoing battle over abortion has been reflected in the numbers the government is allowed to keep and publish, the consequences of the Census Bureau "correcting" reports of women in unusual occupations in 1920, and why the official count of women-owned businesses dropped 20 percent in 1997. -- from dust jacket.

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