First published in 1999, this volume responds to the 1968 sewing worker strikes at the Ford Motor Company, asking how the worker demands made by women are to be heard and understood in workplace negotiations. At the time of original writing in the late 1990s, there remained many women workers whose needs and concerns remained hidden behind a workplace agenda dominated by male interests. Kay M. Fraser utilises some of the insights offered by post-structuralist feminist theorists to interrogate the competing debates about women workers as they were discursively constructed by the organisations, institutions and individuals interested and involved in the employment of women during the 1960s. Fraser further explores notions of sameness and difference, how these were used to formulate a view of women workers and highlights the need for women to be seen, particularly by those involved in the workplace negotiations of the future, as both the same as and different from men workers.
Table of Contents
Part 1: ‘Private’ Difference, Discrimination and Sameness. 1. The Private / Public Divide under Challenge. 2. Family Carers as ‘Workers’. 3. Women and Industrial Training. 4. Part-Time Work for Industrial ‘Outsiders’. Part 2. ‘Public’ Difference, Equality and Sameness. 5. The Construction of an Equal Pay Policy. 6. The Dilemma for Women Trade Union Leaders. 7. Masculinity and the Gendering of Equality. 8. ‘Women’ in Disarray. 9. The 1990s – and the Legacy from the 1960s.