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Transforming Labour

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Transforming Labour

Women and Work in Postwar Canada

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Transforming Labour by Joan Sangster
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The increased participation of women in the labour force was one of the most significant changes to Canadian social life during the quarter century after the close of the Second World War. Transforming Labour offers one of the first critical assessments of women's paid labour in this era, a period when more and more women, particularly those with families, were going 'out to work'. Using case studies from across Canada, Joan Sangster explores a range of themes, including women's experiences within unions, Aboriginal women's changing patterns of work, and the challenges faced by immigrant women. By charting women's own efforts to ameliorate their work lives as well as factors that re-shaped the labour force, Sangster challenges the commonplace perception of this era as one of conformity, domesticity for women, and feminist inactivity. Working women's collective grievances fuelled their desire for change, culminating in challenges to the status quo in the 1960s, when they voiced their discontent, calling for a new world of work and better opportunities for themselves and their daughters.

Author Biography

Joan Sangster is a professor in the Departments of History and Women's Studies at Trent University.
Release date Australia
May 22nd, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
Canada
Illustrations
12 illustrations; 12 Illustrations, unspecified
Imprint
University of Toronto Press
Pages
416
Dimensions
153x229x28
ISBN-13
9780802096524
Product ID
3895658

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