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Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019

Eileen Boris


Founded in 1919 along with the League of Nations, the International Labor Organization (ILO) establishes labor standards and produces knowledge about the world of work, serving as a forum for nations, unions, and employer associations. Making the Woman Worker illuminates the ILO’s transformation in the context of the long fight for social justice. Before 1945, it focused on enhancing conditions for male industrial workers in Western, often imperial, economies, while restricting the circumstances of women’s labors. After WWII, the ILO—then a UN agency—highlighted the global differences in women ... More

Keywords: women workers, ILO, labor standards, care, precarity, social justice

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190874629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190874629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eileen Boris, author
Professor of Women's Studies and History, University of California-Santa Barbara

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Part I Difference: The Problem of the Woman Worker, 1919–1958

Part II Difference’s Other: Women in “Developing” Countries, 1944–1996

Part III Difference All: Centering Care, 1990s–2010s