In our “From the Archives” series, we take a step back to look at some of the best articles published in the BJS over the years. Vicki Smith published this article about women and part-time work in 1983 (Vol. 28) as a graduate student. Yet many of her insights still hold true today in the context of a financial crisis, the growth of part-time work, and the continuing rise of inequality in the United States.
The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and the responding protests served as a catalyst for the resurgence of #BlackLivesMatter, a movement working to shift national and local conversations about race, class, gender, and inequality. In this essay, the authors reflect on how academia can answer this call, from their positions as emerging scholars.