Eileen Boris is the Hull Professor in the Department of Feminist Studies and an affiliate professor in the History, Black Studies, and Global Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America (1986) and Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States (1994), winner of the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, and a coauthor, with Jennifer Klein, of Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (2012), winner of the Sara A. Whaley Prize from the National Women's Studies Association. Her latest book is Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019 (2019). She is also a coeditor of Major Problems in the History of American Workers (2002), The Practice of U.S. Women's History: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues (2007), Intimate Labors: Technologies, Cultures, and the Politics of Care (2010), and Women's ILO: Transnational Networks, Labour Standards, and Gender Equity (2018). Formerly a copresident of the Coordinating Council for Women in History, president of the board of trustees of The Journal of Women's History, and cochair of the program committee for the 2005 Thirteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, she was the president of the International Federation for Research in Women's History from 2015-2020.
This lecture explores the gains and limits of public policy and the law when it comes to white women and men and women of color. It looks at how formal inclusion was not enough when race, gender, and other embodiments impacted the meaning of rights at work.