Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver During World War II and Reconversion

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SUNY Press, 1990 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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This book tells the story of the daily lives of women industrial workers in World War II shipyards. It focuses on their struggle against the persistence of occupational segregation, the sexual and racial hierarchy of the shipyard work force, and the pervasive emphasis on female sexuality which served as a constant reminder that women were transient and marginal imposters.

In addition, Fleeting Opportunities demonstrates that despite the myth that these women yearned to return to their kitchens, in fact many wanted to continue using their wartime skills in the postwar period. However, finding themselves excluded from jobs by union and management, those who continued to work ended up in low-paying, predominantly female occupations.
 

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Contents

Working Women Win Wars
13
Life in the Yards
33
Welding the Seams of the Double Day
65
What Will Happen When the Boys Come Home?
91
After the War
105
Notes
135
Selected References
169
Index
187
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Amy Kesselman is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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