rethinking the nature of work
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Critiques like Barber's did not lead feminist thinkers at that time to re-examine their perspectives on women and work. Even though the notion of work as liberation had little significance for exploited, underpaid, working women, it provided ideological motivation for college-educated white women to enter, or re-enter, the work force. It gave many non-college-educated white women who had been taught that a woman's place is in the home the support to tolerate low-paying jobs, primarily to boost household incomes and break into personal isolation. They could see themselves as exercising new freedom. In many cases, they were struggling to maintain mid dle-class lifestyles that could no longer be supported solely by the in come of husbands. Caroline Bird explains the motivating forces behind their entry into the work force in The Two-Pqycheck Marriage:
Although many of these women never participated in feminist movement, they did think of themselves as challenging the old fashioned ideas about women's place.