Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver During World War II and Reconversion

Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver During World War II and Reconversion

by Amy Kesselman
     
 

ISBN-10: 079140174X

ISBN-13: 9780791401743

Pub. Date: 06/01/1990

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book tells the story of the daily lives of women industrial workers in World War II shipyards. It focuses on their struggle against the persistence of occupational segregation, the sexual and racial hierarchy of the shipyard work force, and the pervasive emphasis on female sexuality which served as a constant reminder that women were transient and marginal

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This book tells the story of the daily lives of women industrial workers in World War II shipyards. It focuses on their struggle against the persistence of occupational segregation, the sexual and racial hierarchy of the shipyard work force, and the pervasive emphasis on female sexuality which served as a constant reminder that women were transient and marginal imposters.

In addition, Fleeting Opportunities demonstrates that despite the myth that these women yearned to return to their kitchens, in fact many wanted to continue using their wartime skills in the postwar period. However, finding themselves excluded from jobs by union and management, those who continued to work ended up in low-paying, predominantly female occupations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791401743
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/1990
Series:
SUNY series in American Labor History Series
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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