July 20, 2010, New Book on Women Labor Activists in Movies
Women Labor Activists in the Movies: Nine Depictions of Workplace Organizers, 1954-2005
by Jennifer L. Borda
McFarland, 2010 (September 2010 release)
excerpt from book cover: 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.