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Book Information

The Sex of Class
Women Transforming American Labor
Dorothy Sue Cobble (Editor)


Cloth, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-8014-4322-0
$ 83.50   £63.95
Paper, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-8014-8943-3
$ 24.95   £18.95

"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. In clear, crisp prose, 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. The Sex of Class reveals 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. Monica Bielski Boris, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara Dorothy Sue Cobble, Rutgers University Marion Crain, University of North Carolina and the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity Nicola Dones, Labor Project for Working Families Janice Fine, Rutgers University and the Center for Community Change Netsy Firestein, Labor Project for Working Families Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy Research and George Washington University Gerald Hunt, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) Jennifer Klein, Yale University Vicky Lovell, Institute for Women's Policy Research Leslie McCall, Northwestern University Ruth Milkman, University of California, Los Angeles Karen Nussbaum, Working America, AFL-CIO Maria Ontiveros, University of San Francisco School of Law Katie Quan, University of California, Berkeley Lydia Savage, University of Southern Maine Vanessa Tait, University of California, Berkeley Leah Vosko, York University (Toronto, Canada) Misha Werschkul, SEIU "

About the Author
Dorothy Sue Cobble is Professor of Labor Studies, History, and Women's/Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America and Dishing it Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century, and the editor of Women and Unions, Forging a Partnership, also from Cornell.

Subject Areas
Sociology
Gender Studies
Industrial and Labor Relations