Book Review: “Under the Bus” by Caroline Fredrickson


Under the Bus

By Caroline Fredrickson

THE NEW PRESS

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to “lean in” and become leaders while former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter insists we “can’t have it all.” But what of women who lack the luxury of leaning in or opting out because they’re struggling just to get by? They’re the focus of Under the Bus, which unpacks the history of the racism and sexism that has left so many working women and people of color without adequate protections. Author Caroline Fredrickson explains how sloppily written laws have made women, particularly in domestic and service jobs, vulnerable to low wages, long hours, and sexual harassment, and then offers up fixes for this broken, exclusive system.

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