On The Move!: Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice
Sarah Lawrence College presents
The 18th Annual Conference on Women's History
On The Move: Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice
Friday and Saturday March 4-5th 2016
Free and Open to the Public
member of the history faculty at Barnard College and author of
Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States
and Domestic Workers Unite!: Household Workers' Organizations
Working women have a long history of fighting injustice on multiple fronts and leading social change. A century ago, women labor activists played vanguard roles in movements for child protection, social welfare, and women's rights in and beyond the workplace. The pattern continues today, as working women take up battles for a living wage, healthcare, immigrant rights, equal pay, racial justice, and workers' right to organize—issues that grow sharper as the gap between the 1% and everyone else continues to expand.
Our conference in honor of Women's History Month 2016 will analyze and celebrate this tradition and explore the following questions: How can working women's movements fight off conservative assaults and who are the allies in that fight? What strategies have worked—or not worked—in the past, and what can we learn from them? Can examples set by rising movements among women, youth, LGBTQIA communities, and people of color re-invigorate the mainstream labor movement? How might the labor movement become a better vehicle for the larger movement for social justice, and what is women's role in this rebirth?
We seek papers, panels, films and performances that address these themes. Specific topics include but are not limited to:
- Working-class feminism
- Workers' centers and women's activism
- Queer labor history
- Women and socialism
- Women's global resistance to neoliberalism
- Struggles for wage equality
- Labor sheroes, past and present
- Women's work for justice in their communities
- Gender in the struggle for immigrant rights
- The politics of housework, paid and unpaid
- Women's struggles in traditionally male trades
- Movement-building's nuts and bolts
- Race, Ethnicity and labor struggles
Email submissions are preferred.
Deadline for proposals: December 7, 2015.
Contact: Tara James, Associate Director, Graduate Program in Women's and Gender History,
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708
Posted: September 18, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers