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International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Labor Organizers: Chicana and Latina Leadership in the Los Angeles Garment Industry

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Labor Organizers: Chicana and Latina Leadership in... ilgwu Labor Organizers Chicana and Latina Leadership in the Los Angeles Garment Industry maría a. gutierrez de soldatenko Researchers studying the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) and female European immigrant activists at the turn of the century have noted the poor record of this union with respect to women's participation.1 Latina leaders in the ILGWU tell a similar story about the union in the 1990s. During this period the ILGWU in Los Angeles claimed attempts to organize and represent a predominantly Latina labor force while refusing to acknowledge the contributions, talents, and potential of Latina and Chicana leaders working for them. While many studies have focused historically on the struggles of European immigrant union leaders in the ILGWU, we do not have a documented history focusing fully on the participation of women of color in the union.2 Several studies have examined the history and development of the Mexican American and Latina leadership within the ILGWU in Los Angeles.3 These authors' works celebrate the contributions of Latinas and Chicanas within the historical context of the union, and they are critical of the ILGWU's lack of vision concerning Latinas and Latinos. They also document the labor mobilizations of women http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies uni_neb

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Labor Organizers: Chicana and Latina Leadership in the Los Angeles Garment Industry

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University of Nebraska Press
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Copyright © 2002 by Frontiers Editorial Collective.
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1536-0334
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Abstract

ilgwu Labor Organizers Chicana and Latina Leadership in the Los Angeles Garment Industry maría a. gutierrez de soldatenko Researchers studying the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) and female European immigrant activists at the turn of the century have noted the poor record of this union with respect to women's participation.1 Latina leaders in the ILGWU tell a similar story about the union in the 1990s. During this period the ILGWU in Los Angeles claimed attempts to organize and represent a predominantly Latina labor force while refusing to acknowledge the contributions, talents, and potential of Latina and Chicana leaders working for them. While many studies have focused historically on the struggles of European immigrant union leaders in the ILGWU, we do not have a documented history focusing fully on the participation of women of color in the union.2 Several studies have examined the history and development of the Mexican American and Latina leadership within the ILGWU in Los Angeles.3 These authors' works celebrate the contributions of Latinas and Chicanas within the historical context of the union, and they are critical of the ILGWU's lack of vision concerning Latinas and Latinos. They also document the labor mobilizations of women

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studiesuni_neb

Published: Jan 4, 2002

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