The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor / Edition 1

The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor / Edition 1

by Dorothy Sue Cobble
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The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor / Edition 1

Women now comprise the majority of the working class. Yet this fundamental transformation has gone largely unnoticed. This book is about how the sex of workers matters in understanding the jobs they do, the problems they face at work, and the new labor movements they are creating in the United States and globally. In The Sex of Class, twenty prominent scholars, labor leaders, and policy analysts look at the implication of this "sexual revolution" for labor policy and practice.

The Sex of Class introduces readers to some of the most vibrant and forward-thinking social movements of our era: the clerical worker protests of the 1970s; the emergence of gay rights on the auto shop floor; the upsurge of union organizing in service jobs; worker centers and community unions of immigrant women; successful campaigns for paid family leave and work redesign; and innovative labor NGOs, cross-border alliances, and global labor federations.

Revealing the animating ideas and the innovative strategies put into practice by the female leaders of the twenty-first-century social justice movement, the contributors to this book offer new ideas for how government can help reduce class and sex inequalities. They assess the status of women and sexual minorities within the traditional labor movement and they provide inspiring case studies of how women workers and their allies are inventing new forms of worker representation and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801489433
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

by Dorothy Sue Cobble

Part I. Women's Inequalities and Public Policy

1. Increasing Class Disparities among Women and the Politics of Gender Equity
by Leslie McCall

2. More than Raising the Floor: The Persistence of Gender Inequalities in the Low-Wage Labor Market
by Vicky Lovell, Heidi Hartmann, and Misha Werschkul

Part II. Unions and Sexual Politics

3. Two Worlds of Unionism: Women and the New Labor Movement
by Ruth Milkman

4. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Challenge to American Labor
by Gerald Hunt and Monica Bielski Boris

5. Sex Discrimination as Collective Harm
by Marion Crain

Part III. Labor’s Work and Family Agenda

6. Changing Work, Changing People: A Conversation with Union Organizers at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center
by Lydia Savage

7. Unions Fight for Work and Family Policies—Not for Women Only
by Netsy Firestein and Nicola Dones

Part IV. Organizing Women’s Work

8. Working Women’s Insurgent Consciousness
by Karen Nussbaum

9. "We Were the Invisible Workforce": Unionizing Home Care
by Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein

10. Expanding Labor’s Vision: The Challenges of Workfare and Welfare Organizing
by Vanessa Tait

11. Worker Centers and Immigrant Women
by Janice Fine

Part V. Local–Global Connections

12. Female Immigrant Workers and the Law: Limits and Opportunities
by Maria L. Ontiveros

13. Women Crossing Borders to Organize
Katie Quan

14. Representing Informal Economy Workers: Emerging Global Strategies and Their Lessons for North American Unions
by Leah F. Vosko

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