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Women Labor Activists in the Movies: Nine Depictions of Workplace Organizers, 19542005

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Some of the most indelible images of women in recent American film have been of working women fighting for labor reform or to expose corporate corruption. This critical text explores films with female labor activists as main protagonists, illuminating issues of gender and class while depicting the challenges of working class women. Films covered include Salt of the Earth, Pajama Game, Union Maids, With Babies and Banners, Norma Rae, Silkwood, and Live Nude Girls Unite

Through comparative analysis, the text examines the responses of these films to the labor and feminist movements of the last half century, and how American cinema has articulated notions of disempowerment, ambivalence and, at times, the resistance of both women and the working class at large.

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Borda (communications, University of New Hampshire) charts representations of women labor activists and whistle blowers in nine Hollywood movies and independent documentaries made between 1954 and 2005: Salt of the Earth, The Pajama Game, Union Maids, With Babies and Banners, Norma Rae, Silkwood, Live Nude Girls Unite!, Erin Brokovich, and North Country. The author evaluates the rhetorical form and content of each film to determine how film structure and style, as well as story elements such as plot, character development, and setting, influence how the story gets told. She examines how films have played a role in shaping our ideas about the political impact and cultural significance of various social experiments, and how the cultural conversations produced by the media construct our ideas about women, social classes, and working-class culture. B&w film stills are included. Versions of the three of the book's chapters have appeared in various communication journals. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Some of the most indelible images of women in recent American film have been of working women fighting for labor reform or to expose corporate corruption. This critical text explores films with female labor activists as main protagonists, illuminating issues of gender and class while depicting the challenges of working class women. Films covered include Salt of the Earth, Pajama Game, Union Maids, With Babies and Banners, Norma Rae, Silkwood, and Live Nude Girls Unite.

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9780786448418
Author:
Borda, Jennifer L.
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McFarland & Company
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
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Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Publication Date:
20101131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , Some of the most indelible images of women in recent American film have been of working women fighting for labor reform or to expose corporate corruption. This critical text explores films with female labor activists as main protagonists, illuminating issues of gender and class while depicting the challenges of working class women. Films covered include Salt of the Earth, Pajama Game, Union Maids, With Babies and Banners, Norma Rae, Silkwood, and Live Nude Girls Unite.
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