Despite the number of economic and labor issues that affect women of all classes – from the wage gap and maternity leave to globalization and the fight for a liveable minimum wage – women are often invisible figures in the history and activism of the Labor Movement. Yet their participation in strikes and their contributions to labor policy, union organizing, and activism made the labor movement a success.
Thankfully, the Zinn Education Project is a wonderful resource, featuring brief bios and photographs of notable women in labor history. To learn more about some of the diverse women who shaped the Labor Movement, including Dolores Huerta and Mother Jones, visit the Zinn Education Project’s “Women in Labor History” page.
MORE READING ON CONTEMPORARY LABOR ISSUES AFFECTING WOMEN
Want to know more about contemporary labor issues affecting women? Here is a sampling of articles. Read on.
Pay Equity and Discrimination, facts from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
Women’s Fight for Better Pay is About More Than Just Money in The Washington Post
The Beauty Industry’s Invisible Victims in Ms. magazine