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Our Unions, Our Selves: The Rise of Feminist Labor Unions in Japan

Anne Zacharias-Walsh


This book provides an in-depth look at the rise of women-only unions in Japan, an organizational analysis of the challenges these new unions face in practice, and a first-hand account of the ambitious, occasionally contentious, and ultimately successful international solidarity project that helped to spark a new feminist labor movement. In the early 1990s, as part of a larger wave of union reform efforts in Japan, women began creating their own women-only labor unions to confront long-standing gender inequality in the workplace and in traditional enterprise unions. These new unions soon discov ... More

Keywords: women-only unions, Japan, international solidarity, feminist labor movement, union reform, labor unions, gender inequality, social justice, international exchange, Japanese women's unions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501703041
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Zacharias-Walsh, author