Making Globalization Work for Women

The Role of Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership

Edited by Valentine M. Moghadam, Suzanne Franzway, and Mary Margaret Fonow

Subjects: Women's Studies, Industrial / Labor Relations, Sociology Of Work, Anthropology Of Work
Series: SUNY series, Praxis: Theory in Action
Paperback : 9781438439600, 352 pages, November 2011
Hardcover : 9781438439617, 352 pages, November 2011

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Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Glossary of Acronyms and Terms
1. Introduction and Overview: Globalization and Women’s Social Rights
Mary Margaret Fonow, Suzanne Franzway, and Valentine M. Moghadam

2. Toward Economic Citizenship: The Middle East and North Africa
Valentine M. Moghadam

3. Promoting the Social Rights of Working Women: The Case of Palestinian Women in Israel
Michal Schwartz

4. Tunisia: Women’s Economic Citizenship and Trade Union Participation
Hafidha Chékir and Khédija Arafoui

5. Gendered Economic Rights and Trade Unionism: The Case of Argentina
Graciela di Marco

6. Can a Focus on Survival and Health as Social/Economic Rights Help Some of the World’s Most Imperiled Women in a Globalized World? Cases from Ecuador, Ukraine, and Laos
Rae Lesser Blumberg and Andres Wilfrido Salazar-Paredes

7. The ILO, Gender Equality, and Trade Unions
Shauna Olney

8. Women’s Rights and Leadership: A Central Trade Union Agenda
Jo Morris

9. Achieving Equality Through Quality: Public Services and the Role of Public-Sector Trade Unions
Nora Wintour

10. The Role of Unions in the Promotion of Gender Equality in France
Pascale Coton

11. Trade Unions, Collective Agency, and the Struggle for Women’s Equality: Expanding the Political Empowerment Measure
Linda Briskin

12. Women’s Leadership in the South African Labor Movement
Neva Seidman Makgetla

13. Women-Only Unions and Women Union Leaders in Japan
Kaye Broadbent

14. Demanding Their Rights: LGBT Transnational Labor Activism
Suzanne Franzway and Mary Margaret Fonow

15. Ne’er the Twain Shall Meet? Reflections on the Future of Feminism and Unionism
Jennifer Curtin

About the Contributors

Explores the potential for trade unions to defend the socioeconomic rights of women.


Making Globalization Work for Women explores the potential for trade unions to defend the socioeconomic rights of women in a global context. Looking at labor policies and interviews with people in unions and nongovernmental organizations, the essays diagnose the problems faced by women workers across the world and assess the progress that unions in various countries have made in responding to those problems. Some concerns addressed include the masculine culture of many unions and the challenges of female leadership within them, laissez-faire governance, and the limited success of organizations working on these issues globally. Making Globalization Work for Women brings together in a synthetic and fruitful conversation the work and ideas of feminists, unions, NGOs, and other human rights workers.

Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Director of Women's Studies at Purdue University. Her previous books include the award-winning Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks, which received the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on Women and Politics 2006. Suzanne Franzway is Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and Portfolio Leader for Research Education at the University of South Australia. Her previous books include (with Dianne Court and R. W. Connell) Staking a Claim: Feminism, Bureaucracy and the State and Sexual Politics and Greedy Institutions: Union Women, Commitments and Conflicts in Public and Private. Mary Margaret Fonow is Professor and Head of Faculty of Women and Gender Studies and Director of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her previous books include (with Suzanne Franzway) Making Feminist Politics: Transnational Alliances between Women and Labor and Union Women: Forging Feminism in the United Steelworkers of America.


"Making Globalization Work for Women is an illuminating, timely, and original collaboration among three prominent scholars that fills an important and missing niche in studies of transnational activism, global employment policy, and women's work. " — Dorothy Sue Cobble, author of The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America