Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Women’s Press,Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 360 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2019
Print ISBN: 9780889616004
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In this edited collection, Leslie Nichols weaves together the contributions of accomplished and diverse scholars to offer an expansive and critical analysis of women’s work in Canada. Students will use an intersectional approach to explore issues of gender, class, race, immigrant status, disability, sexual orientation, Indigeneity, age, and ethnicity in relation to employment. Drawing from case studies and extensive research, the text’s seventeen chapters consider Canadian industries across a broad spectrum, including political, academic, sport, sex trade, retail, and entrepreneurial work.

Working Women in Canada is a relevant and in-depth look into the past, present, and future of women’s responsibilities and professions in Canada. Undergraduate and graduate students in gender studies, labour studies, and sociology courses will benefit from this thorough and intersectional approach to the study of women’s labour.


  • includes tables, case studies, a glossary of key terms, and chapter introductions and conclusions to assist with student comprehension
  • encourages further learning by concluding each chapter with discussion questions, a list of additional key readings, and an extensive reference list
  • provides a broad portrait of women’s work in Canada with contributions from over 20 scholars

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1)Introduction to Women and the Social Context of Work 3

Chapter 1

Working Women in Canada: An Introduction 4

2) History of Women’s Work 31

Chapter 2

Canadian Women's Paid Work and Gender Equality 32

Chapter 3

The nonprofit and voluntary sector: Women’s path to leadership 64

Chapter 4

“Nothing but Work”: Black Women, Work, and the Black Female Entrepreneur 94

3) Current Work Experiences and Environments 123

Chapter 5

Unemployed and Underemployed Women in Canada 124

Chapter 6

Unions Are Definitely Good for Women--But that’s not the whole story 156

Chapter 7

Women's Occupational Health and Safety Understood Through an Intersectional Lens 184

Chapter 8

Violence Against Women among Female Professors in Canada 208

4) Women’s Diversity and Work 233

Chapter 9

Immigrant Women’s Paid, Domestic and Volunteer Work 234

Chapter 10

Sub-Saharan Francophone Immigrant Women and the Canadian Labour Market in the Minority Francophone Community of the Greater Toronto Area 258

Chapter 11

‘Not just a job’: thinking about disability, work and gender 292

Chapter 12

Youth Labour Organizing in Canada: An intersectional sensitive analysis 322

Chapter 13

Clearing, Honouring, and Medicine-making: An Anishinaabekwe Perspective on Women’s Work in Canada 353

Chapter 14

The persistent invisibility of rural women’s labour mobility in Canada 386

5) Work Areas and Industries 406

A.Following women’s traditional work areas 407

Chapter 15

Childcare: Working in Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 408

Chapter 16

Women, Aesthetic Labour and Retail Work: A Case Study of Independent Fashion Retailers in Toronto 435

Chapter 17

Understanding the Work in Sex Work: Canadian Contexts 469

B.Women Challenging Traditional Men’s Work Domains 495

i.White collar work 496

Chapter 18

The Public Women of Canada: Women in Elected Office in Canada 497

Chapter 19

Minoritized Faculty in Canada’s Universities and Colleges: Gender, Power, and Academic Work 525

Chapter 20

From the Woman’s Page to the Digital Age: Women and Journalism in Canada 567

Chapter 21

Gender Segregation in Medicine 591

ii.Blue collar Work 619

Chapter 22

Equity Shifts In Firefighting: Challenging Gendered And Racialized Work 620

Chapter 23

Work Adjustments and Black Women in Canadian University Sport 651

Chapter 24

Women in Manufacturing: Challenges in a Neoliberal Context 700

Glossary of Key Terms 722

Leslie Nichols

Leslie Nichols has a Ph.D in policy studies and specializes in labour and women's studies. She has conducted mixed-method studies of marginalized groups in the Canadian workforce, women's time poverty, newcomer settlement, and Canadian immigration policy.

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