This panel seeks to explore the gendering of women’s labor through legal decisions, labor standards legislation, collective bargaining, codes of conduct, and labor institutions, whether unions, NGOs, or global entities. We welcome Western Association of Women’s History members (or those scholars and graduate students who will join this organization prior to the event) interested in presenting a paper in terms of transnational, global, or international history as well as U.S. history. With this panel we hope to stimulate discussion on how historians of gender and labor can better understand the role of law and institutions in shaping the gendered division of labor and collective action involving women workers. We are particularly interesting in topics that relate to women’s empowerment through activism within the frame of labor unions or social welfare organizations focusing on issues of interest to women laborers.
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