Rossi, Alice S.

Rossi, Alice S.

Bio: (1922-2009) American sociologist. Alice Rossi received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at Harvard and the Universities of Chicago and Massachusetts. Rossi is known as a gender theorist. In her essay "An Immodest Proposal" (1964), she expressed the view that there was no "antifeminism" in the society of the time, not because there was no sexism, but because there was no widespread feminist consciousness. She stated that for most women, motherhood has become a full-time job, which negatively affects not only women, but also the whole society, and that is the reason why women must start the fight for gender equality again. In her book The Feminist Papers (1973), Rossi took a very different view, arguing that the biological differences between men and women make women better suited to caring for children. It follows that gender equality should be achieved through social recognition of this biologically innate advantage for caring for children, and not by men taking on this role. Rossi later, in several books, explored how different aspects of life develop and change during a woman's life: work, family, sexuality, child-parent relationships, and community relationships.

Theoretical approaches

Feminism, Sociological

Main works

Generational Differences in the Soviet Union (1957);

„An Immodest Proposal’’, in Deadulus (1964);

The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir (1973);

Seasons of a Woman’s Life: A Self-Reflective Essay on Love and Work in Family, Profession and Politics (1983);

Gender and the Life Course (1985);

Of Human Bonding: Parent-Child Relations Across the Life Course (1990);

Sexuality Across the Life Course (1994);

Caring and Doing for Others: Social Responsibility in the Domains of Family, Work and Community (2001).

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