From Library Journal
Bravo is executive director of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, which since 1973 has devoted its efforts to helping individuals and businesses balance job and family responsibilities. The need for such an organization, and a book like this, is evident in light of today's workforce: only eight percent of American families have a father as the breadwinner and a mother at home full-time. Here the author describes pertinent federal legislation such as Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (1978), the Americans with Disabilities Act (1992), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (1993). She makes concrete suggestions for workers who believe their rights are being violated and for employers wishing to adhere to state and federal legislation. Bravo contends that the few employers who have implemented such policies benefit from improved worker morale, enhanced productivity, and lower rehiring costs. The suggestions and insights of this book will benefit social scientists, policy makers, employers, and employees alike. Well researched and well written, it belongs in your library's business or social science collection.?Alan Farber, Northern Illinois Univ., Dekalb
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
With the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993, the U.S. finally joined the rest of the civilized world in recognizing the significant and changing needs of the American workforce. But it's not enough, argues Bravo, executive director of 9 to 5, a national association of working women. Through a powerful combination of historical facts, contemporary research, and individual stories, she provides an advocacy manual for achieving job and family policies at work (step-by-step outlines, for instance, on arranging flexible schedules and leave) and how to solve conflicts for both family members and company managers, among other topics. Every conceivable objection to specific family policies is carefully and considerately answered with statistics and figures; what's more, each chapter includes a boxed summary of important points to remember. Barbara Jacobs