Sarah Damaske

Author, 'For the Family? How Class and Gender Shape Women's Work'

Sarah Damaske is Assistant Professor of Labor Studies & Employment Relations and Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. She is author of For the Family? How Class and Gender Shape Women’s Work, which was published by Oxford University Press in October 2011 and awarded the the National Women's Studies Association Sara Whaley Book Prize for best book on women and labor. She is a 2011-2012 Work-Family Research Network Early Career Scholar.

In For the Family? Sarah Damaske challenges the myths and misunderstandings that have fueled the Mommy Wars and calls for an end to the working mother/stay-at-home mom conflict that has raged for more than 30 years. Damaske’s book points the way to a more productive future for workers of both genders and of all ages, races, and classes.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from New York University and, following her doctoral work, was a postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology Department at Rice University. Her research has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and awards from the American Sociological Association, the Sociologists for Women in Society, the National Women’s Studies Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

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