Gender and the Politics of Welfare Reform
Mothers' Pensions in Chicago, 1911-1929
This revealing study shows how assumptions about women's roles have historically shaped public policy and sheds new light on the ongoing controversy of welfare reform.
Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson
1: Defining the Problems of "Dependent Motherhood"
2: The Structure of Public Provision: Gender and Race in Chicago's Welfare System
3: Gender and Social Policy: The Origins of Mothers' Pension Policy in Illinois
4: The Politics of Welfare Reform
5: The Economies of Mothers' Pensions
Appendix: Legislative and Judicial Changes in the Illinois 'Aid to Mothers' Law