Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ladies of Labor

Museum Shop Manager Katherine Broadway guest-blogs about some of her favorite Shop books.

Speaking of women and labor, one of my favorite books we carry in the Museum Shop is Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure by Nan Enstad. This book tracks women’s experiences through popular culture and fashion. Enstad explores how women negotiated the tension between being “workers” and “ladies” and how this affected the trends in fashion and literature at the turn of the twentieth century. Enstad spends considerable time discussing the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909 and women’s emerging roles as labor unionizers.

Further Reading:

From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend, by Priscilla Murolo,
A.B. Chitty, and Joe Sacco
A Coat of Many Colors, Daniel Soyer
Lost Sisterhood: Prostitution in America, 1900-1918 by Ruth Rosen
Holding Up More Than Half the Sky: Chinese Women Garment Workers in New York City,
, by Xiaolan Bao

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