By Mercedes Steedman

In this popular 1997 research of the garments in Canada, Mercedes Steedman examines how the tricky weaving jointly of the meanings of sophistication, gender, ethnicity, kin, and the place of work created a role ghetto for girls. even supposing ladies comprised an important majority of garment employees, their roles have been restricted either within the office and within the alternate union paperwork. Detailing the disparaties among women and men by way of wages and illustration, Angels of the Workplace is the definitive background of discrimination opposed to girls in Canada's garments industry.

Steedman exhibits the an important function that girls performed on the entrance of the wooden strains in the course of labour moves and divulges how they received sympathy and beneficial media assurance for the staff' reason. Tracing either the hot hopes for extra equitable paintings caused by means of left-wing unionism, and the disappointments attributable to the cooperation of labour and administration within the "new unionism" of the Nineteen Thirties, Angels of the Workplace unearths how formalized office gender discrimination used to be formalized for the remainder of the century.

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