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Making Feminist Politics

Transnational Alliances between Women and Labor

Applying feminist thinking to labor studies in a global context

In this timely and detailed examination of the intersections of feminism, labor politics, and global studies, Suzanne Franzway and Mary Margaret Fonow reveal the ways in which women across the world are transforming labor unions in the contemporary era. Situating specific case studies within broad feminist topics, Franzway and Fonow concentrate on union feminists mobilizing at multiple sites, issues of wages and equity, child care campaigns, work-life balance, and queer organizing, demonstrating how unions around the world are broadening their focuses from contractual details to empowerment and family and feminist issues. By connecting the diversity of women's experiences around the world both inside and outside the home and highlighting the innovative ways women workers attain their common goals, Making Feminist Politics lays the groundwork for recognition of the total individual in the future of feminist politics within global union movements.

"A compelling hundred-plus year history of organizing by union women within and across unions and borders."--Labor Studies Journal

"Making Feminist Politics is empirically rich and analytically nuanced. I do not know of another book with this breadth of focus. Ranging from the family to global governance and from internal politics in an international union to coalition-building at the World Social Forum, this is fascinating material." --Catherine Eschle, coauthor of Making Feminist Sense of the Global Justice Movement

"This is a book that has been needed for a long time. Rarely have I seen an analysis of women's roles in contemporary union organizing placed in an international context."--Nancy A. Naples, author of Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research

Suzanne Franzway is the director of the Research Center for Women's Studies and a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of South Australia. Mary Margaret Fonow is the director of the School of Social Transformation and a professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University.

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