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Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City
By Jane LaTour
Sisters in the Brotherhoods
Nancy Gabin
Sisters in the Brotherhoods, by Jane
is an oral-history of women who,
against considerable odds, broke the gender
barrier to blue-collar employment in various
trades in New York City beginning in the
It is a story of the fight against deeply
ingrained cultural assumptions about
what constitutes women's work, the
middle-class bias of feminism, the
daily grinding sexism of male co-
workers, and the institutionalized dis-
crimination of employers and unions.
It is also the story of some gutsy
women who, seeking the material
rewards and personal satisfactions of
skilled manual labor, have struggled to
make a place for themselves among
New York City's construction
workers, stationary engineers,
firefighters, electronic technicians,
plumbers, and transit.
Photos © Gary Schoichet
Each story contributes to an important unifying theme: the
way women confronted the enormous sexism embedded in
union culture and developed new organizational forms to
support their struggles, especially the United Tradeswomen.
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