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Film Review: 9to5, The Story of a Movement

Jenny Brown Labor Notes
"9to5: The Story of a Movement" premieres tonight on PBS and then will be available for streaming. The documentary uncovers inspiring and useful history and shows organizing as rewarding, engaging, and joyous.

Patriarchy and the Pandemic: Disentangling the Web of Oppression

Renata Porto Bugni People's Dispatch
The pandemic is making clearer the historical and social problems of society, how it is deteriorating to the point of triggering its own decline. Fighting for another society that cares for women and life is a necessary task for our future.

The New US: While Calling Out Trump White Women

Zillah Eisenstein Portside
I am deeply disappointed to know that many, too many white women, approximately 57% of our total, need their whiteness so much that they dismiss everything non-white as less. The white women who voted for Trump in 2020 made a clear choice.

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865,000 Women Left the Workforce Last Month

Chabeli Carrazana The 19th
Overall, 661,000 jobs were added in the U.S. labor force between August and September — but women still left it at alarming numbers.

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Labor Rights Mobilized Women During Suffrage — and Now

Chabeli Carrazana  The 19th*
"The manufacturer has a vote; the bosses have votes; the foremen have votes; the inspectors have votes. The working girl has no vote. When she asks to have the building in which she must work made clean and safe, the officials do not have to listen.”

Why Does Essential Work Pay So Little... And Cost So Much?

Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch
bus driver waering mask and gloves Students tend to measure fair compensation on two scales. How many years of training and/or dollars of tuition did a worker have to invest to become “qualified” for the job? And how important is that worker’s labor to the rest of society?

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Taiwanese Flight Attendant Strike Cancels 2,250 Flights

Brian Hioe Labor Notes
EVA used gender stereotypes to depict striking flight attendants as spoiled “princesses.” This depiction is based on the idea that the profession has high pay and that flight attendants lead glamorous lives of international travel.

UCLA Releases First National Study of Labor Conditions in Nail Salon Industry

Preeti Sharma, Saba Waheed, Vina Nguyen, Lina Stepick, Reyna Orellana, Liana Katz, Sabrina Kim, and Katrina Lapira UCLA Labor Center
cover of report sjowing nail polish flowing The nail salon industry is expected to grow at almost twice the rate of other U.S. industries in the next decade, and report authors make recommendations for key stakeholders: ensure quality jobs and labor protections for nail salon workers...
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