||[Sep. 14th, 2006|06:50 pm]
The Anti-Sweatshop Community
I'm wicked new to this community. Anyway, I was wondering if there was any information out there about sweatshops and feminism or good resources about feminism in developing countries? I have an independent project for my Women's Studies course and I'm brainstorming now.
Uhm. I wrote a 19 pg paper on Women in the U.S. Garment Industry with a 5 pg bibliography. Here are some good places to start looking:
ALF-CIO. “Worker's Rights are Women's Rights.” Working Women in the Global Economy, 2006. <http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/women/global/workersrights.cfm>.
Athreya, Bama. “Trade Is a Women's Issue.” Foreign Policy in Focus: International Labor Rights Fund, Vol. 7, No. 15, December 2002. <http://www.laborrights.org/publications/tradewomen1202.pdf>, pg. 1.
Encyclopædia Britannica. "International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union." Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2006. <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9042593>.
Encyclopædia Britannica. "Women's Trade Union League." Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2006. <http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9125097>.
Halsall, Paul. “Harriet Robinson: Lowell Mill Girls.” Modern History Sourcebook, August 1997. <http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/robinson-lowell.html>.
International Labour Organization. “What's wrong with EPZ jobs?” Labour and social issues relating to export processing zones, 21 September 1999. <http://www.ilo.org/public/english/dialogue/govlab/legrel/tc/epz/reports/epzrepor_w61/3_3.htm>.
International Trade Data System. “Maquiladoras.” 23 April 2004. <http://www.itds.treas.gov/maquiladora.html>.
Mexico Solidarity Network. “2004-Femicides in Ciudad Juárez.” <http://www.mexicosolidarity.org/special%20reports/2004-femicides%20in%20ciudad%20juarez/index.html>.
Planting Stitches. “Organization.” <http://www.plantingstitches.org/organization.htm>.
Project Alabama. <http://www.projectalabama.com/index.htm>.
Rapoport, Adam. “T (Shirts) and A: Hot women, good politics. How does clothing maverick Dov Charney of American Apparel do it?” GQ, June 2004. <http://www.americanapparel.net/presscenter/articles/20040601gq.html>.
United Nations. “International Women’s Day: Looking Back.” <http://www.un.org/events/women/iwd/2006/history.html>.
Weronika, American Apparel. “Roar For Freedom on International Women's Day.” Daily Update, 8 March 2006. <http://www.americanapparel.net/presscenter/dailyupdate/dailyup.asp?d=15&t=221>
Also check out the UNITE HERE! website.
Sweatshops are obviously a feminist issue as the primary workers are women, but not a lot has been written about it, especially modern-day U.S. garment workers. The U.S. has a lot of great union history that is tragically not in existance today.