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Walking the Talk: Women of Steel and Gender (In)equality in the United Steelworkers in Canada

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Title: Walking the Talk: Women of Steel and Gender (In)equality in the United Steelworkers in Canada
Author: Cherry, Liz
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Shalla, Vivian
Abstract: ABSTRACT WALKING THE TALK: WOMEN OF STEEL AND GENDER (IN)EQUALITY IN THE UNITED STEELWORKERS IN CANADA Liz Cherry Advisor: University of Guelph, 2019 Professor Vivian Shalla This thesis utilized a socialist feminist framework and a standpoint feminist approach to explore what sixteen Women of Steel identified as the barriers for them to achieve equality within the United Steelworkers (USW) and how these barriers impacted their access to leadership positions within the Union. The study also asked the Women of Steel to identify ways in which they believed that the USW could work to further improve gender equality within the Union. The thesis examined the different issues that the Women of Steel identified as pressure points for them, which they suggested ultimately impacted their access to leadership positions within the Union. The topics covered include: women as role models; childcare and household responsibilities; masculine culture and harassment; union education and training opportunities (including the Women of Steel Program); women’s voices and women-only-spaces; bargaining committees and priorities; the labour movement and political engagement; and, union women’s feminist identity. Unions are well placed to challenge discrimination and inequality in all areas of society. However, as the Women of Steel note, the Union needs to “put its own house in order” to be an example of excellence in gender equality.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17422
Date: 2019-09-09
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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