A job market for unmarried people? Rethinking marriage bars in the United States (1900-1941)

Monday, November 6, 2017
12:00-1:30 pm
Event Location: 
Nau 342

A paper presentation by Romain Huret, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS

This lecture deals with the proliferation of marriage bars in the early decades of the twentieth century. Bars concerned the hiring and firing of married women and arose in teaching and clerical work from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Economists and historians have scrutinized the two barriers put in place -the hiring of married women; retention of existing workers when they married- and have given many explanations to explain the reasons for such discriminatory practices that ended in the 1950s. This lecture revises current scholarship by looking at the marriage bars through the eyes of unmarried people themselves. It carries out a case study of both my epistemological and methodological framework used for my larger project on unmarried people in the United States.

Lunch will be provided.

Monday, November 6, 12:00-1:30pm,  Nau 342

Read Dr. Huret's paper here.