Joan Acker

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Joan R. Acker
Born Joan Elise Robinson Acker
(1924-03-18)March 18, 1924
Alma mater University of Oregon
Main interests
Feminist sociologist

Joan Elise Robinson Acker[1] (born March 18, 1924)[citation needed] is an American feminist sociologist, researcher, writer and educator.


Acker received her bachelors from Hunter College, her master's from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.[2]


In 1973, Acker founded the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. She successfully helped to raise pay wages for low-wage jobs in Oregon, while serving on a state task force from 1981-1983.[2]



  • Acker, Joan et al. (1980). Research in the interweave of social roles. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, Inc. ISBN 9780892321919. 
  • Acker, Joan (1989). Doing comparable worth: gender, class, and pay equity. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 9780877226215. 
  • Acker, Joan (2006). Class questions: feminist answers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 9780742546301. 
  • Acker, Joan; Morgen, Sandra; Weigt, Jill (2010). Stretched thin poor families, welfare work, and welfare reform. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801475108. 

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Acker, Joan (2006), "Women and social stratification: a case of intellectual sexism", in Levine, Rhonda, Social class and stratification: classic statements and theoretical debates (2nd ed.), Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, pp. 171–182, ISBN 9780742546325 


In the Way of Women: Men's Resistance to Sex Equality in Organizations by Cynthia Cockburn.
The Promise and the Price: The Struggle for Equal Opportunity in Women's Employment by Clare Burton.


  1. ^ "Acker, Joan". Library of Congress. Retrieved 4 January 2015. (Joan Elise Robinson Acker) vita (b. 1924) 
  2. ^ a b Barbara J. Love (2006). Feminists who changed America, 1963-1975. University of Illinois Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-252-03189-2. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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