Eileen Boris

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Eileen Boris is the Hull Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States (1994), Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (2012), with Jennifer Klein, and, most recently, Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019 (2019).

Gendered work, gendered struggles: women’s activism at the work-place in long-term and comparative perspective

by on April 5, 2018

The study of women’s workplace activism advances the evolving inclusive and conceptually innovative historiography on women, gender, and labor. It focuses on a large group of workers who have often labored under precarious conditions and without adequate compensation, as day laborers or occasional workers from the 19th century onward, or as unskilled “mass workers” in the period of Fordism and state-socialism in the second half of the 20thcentury.

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Gender in Movement(s): Women and Gender in Motion

by on April 4, 2018

The theme of the 2020 meeting International Federation for Research in Women’s History/Fédération Internationale pour la Recherche en Histoire des Femmes is “Gender in Movement(s): Women and Gender in Motion.” The aim to explore gender and women’s history from the multiple vantage points of movement and social movements.

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Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein, “History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights,” Time

by , on January 14, 2015

Over the last year, the nation has seen a tumultuous wave of low-wage workers contesting terms of employment that perpetually leave them impoverished and economically insecure. It’s a fight in which home-care workers—one of the fastest growing labor forces—have long participated, as home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights.

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LAWCHA Watch: Recap of the 2013 National Conference

by on June 14, 2013

How have working people developed solidarity and power to confront employers and the state, to struggle with each over and within their communities, to enhance rights and extend the arc of justice? How do we as scholars, educators, and labor activists assess strategies deployed in the past and the present?

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