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Angels of the workplace : women and the construction of gender relations in the Canadian clothing industry, 1890-1940

Author: Mercedes Steedman
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Series: Canadian social history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this study of the clothing industry in Canada, historian Mercedes Steedman examines how the intricate weaving together of the meanings of class, gender, ethnicity, family, and workplace served, often unconsciously, to create a job ghetto for women. Although 'girls', as working women were labelled, comprised a significant majority of garment workers - 80 per cent in 1881, at the very beginnings of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Kaṇada
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mercedes Steedman
ISBN: 0195413083 9780195413083
OCLC Number: 37369936
Description: ix, 333 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Across the Great Divide --
2. The Industrial Fields of Activity: Send Forth Your Daughters --
3. Worlds Apart: Women and Unions in the Needle Trades, 1890-1920 --
4. From Shop-Floor Action to New Unionism: The War Years and After --
5. Taking a Stand: Civil War in the Needle Trades --
6. 'A Real Man's Fight': Clothing Battles in the Depression Years --
7. When the Boys Get Together: Orchestrating Consent --
8. After the Acts: Setting the Standards, Putting on the Pressure --
9. Conclusion: 'This Group of Girls and Men ... '.
Series Title: Canadian social history series.
Responsibility: Mercedes Steedman.
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This is a portrayal of work in the needle trades in Canada, the story of gender dynamics in an industry numerically dominated by women but run by men. The book tries to explain the subtle dynamics of  Read more...

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