Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
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

  • Acknowledgements

  • Chapter 1: Women, Work, and Intersectionality: An Introduction

    Leslie Nichols

  • Chapter 2: Unions Are Definitely Good for Women—But That’s Not the Whole Story

    Anne Forrest

  • Chapter 3: Women’s Occupational Health and Safety

    Katherine Lippel and Stephanie Premji

  • Chapter 4: Unemployed and Underemployed Women in Canada

    Leslie Nichols

  • Chapter 5: Immigrant Women’s Work: Paid and Unpaid Labour in the Neoliberal Economy

    Leslie Nichols, Vappu Tyyskä, and Pramila Aggarwal

  • Chapter 6: “Not Just a Job”: Disability, Work, and Gender

    Esther Ignagni

  • Chapter 7: Young Women: Navigating the Education-Employment Divide

    Leslie Nichols

  • Chapter 8: Childcare: Working in Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada

    Susan Prentice

  • Chapter 9: Minoritized Faculty in Canada’s Universities and Colleges: Gender, Power, and Academic Work

    Sandra Acker and Linda Muzzin

  • Chapter 10: Black Women’s Small Businesses as Historical Spaces of Resistance

    Melanie Knight

  • Chapter 11: Black Women in Canadian University Sports

    Danielle Gabay

  • Chapter 12: The Public Women of Canada: Women in Elected Office

    Jocelyne Praud, Alexa Lewis, and Jarod Sicotte

  • Chapter 13: Women, Aesthetic Labour, and Retail Work: A Case Study of Independent Fashion Retailers in Toronto

    Deborah Leslie and Taylor Brydges

  • Chapter 14: From the Woman’s Page to the Digital Age: Women in Journalism

    Andrea Hunter

  • Chapter 15: Equity Shifts in Firefighting: Challenging Gendered and Racialized Work

    Susan Braedley

  • Chapter 16: Women in Manufacturing: Challenges in a Neoliberal Context

    June Corman

  • Chapter 17: The Nonprofit Sector: Women’s Path to Leadership

    Agnes Meinhard and Mary Foster

  • Chapter 18: Understanding the Work in Sex Work: Canadian Contexts

    Kara Gillies, Elene Lam, Tuulia Law, Rai Reece, Andrea Sterling, and Emily van der Meulen

  • Glossary

  • Contributors

  • Index

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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