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Published: 23 September 2019

352 Pages | 18

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190874629

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Making the Woman Worker

Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019

Eileen Boris

  • First archivally based and fullest history of women's work and global labor standards under the ILO from 1919 to 2019
  • Places the formulation of global labor standards in the context of the Cold War and the rise of new nations in the ILO and UN system
  • Re-evaluates the use of labor standards to allocate women's labor between the family and employment
  • Illuminates how organized domestic workers and their allies challenged the formal rules of the ILO's convention-making process to win decent work for domestic workers in 2011
  • Links that recent recognition of care work, unpaid as well as paid, and the fight against gender violence at work to the centrality of women's labor to the world economy