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Women in the Sky: Gender and Labor in the Making of Modern Korea

Hwasook Nam


This book examines Korean women factory workers' century-long activism, from the 1920s to the present, with a focus on gender politics both in the labor movement and in the larger society. It highlights several key moments in colonial and postcolonial Korean history when factory women commanded the attention of the wider public, including the early-1930s rubber shoe workers' general strike in Pyongyang, the early-1950s textile workers' struggle in South Korea, the 1970s democratic union movement led by female factory workers, and women workers' activism against neoliberal restructuring in rece ... More

Keywords: Korean women, factory workers, Korean history, factory women, industrial worker activism, women workers, South Korea, labor movement, democracy movement, sit-ins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758263
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hwasook Nam, author
University of Washington