Author Affiliation, Ana.
School of Continuing Studies
Sexual division of labour in the trade union movement: Trade union involvement in maintaining and challenging the sexual division of labor
Global Development Studies
Date of Publication
Discusses the role of trade unions in maintaining the sexual division of labor,the challenges faced by the first generation of trade union women beginning in the 1930s, and those challenges posed by second generation of women. It also examines the denial of women's roles and the strategies of the first generation of trade union women which did not include those combative practices that were necessary for their male counterparts. Fearlessness and the willingness to engage in physical combat were the main qualifications for aspiring trade union leaders in the 1930s, and for many years to come. The foundation established by the first generation of women allowed the second generation of women, in the 1970s to respond in a more forthright manner within the trade unions by ignoring the precepts of patriarchy. Gender ideologies, although not clearly defined at that time in the Caribbean trade unions, have influenced perceptions and shape the categorization of women in the history of the Caribbean trade union movement. The challenge for trade union women in the new millennium is the demolition of the gender wall to allow for the full participation of women throughout the trade union movement.....