Call For Papers

Women and Unions:  Still the Most Difficult Revolution?
A Conference Commemorating Alice Hanson Cook’s 100th Birthday

November 21-22, 2003
Ithaca, New York

Paper Proposal Deadline:  August 15, 2003

Alice Hanson Cook (1903-1998) was one of the first scholars to study the plight of working women.  Her research has influenced a wide range of feminist scholars, unionists, and leaders to increasingly recognize the need to focus on transforming working women’s issues into societal priorities through collective action, such as unionization.  The conference will expand on some of the most significant themes of Cook’s book, entitled, The Most Difficult Revolution: Women and Trade Unions (with Val R. Lorwin and Arlene Kaplan Daniels, 1992).  The book examined how working women’s experiences in Western European countries could influence and inform the progress of union women in the United States.  We will use the experiences of women’s unionizing in both developed and developing nations to broaden the scope of Cook’s book and to assess and improve women’s positions in unions in the twenty-first century.    All presentations should be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.

The conference will bring together influential scholars, union activists, and policymakers from a wide range of countries reflecting today’s globalization of both corporate structures and the correspondingly necessary union structures.  We welcome proposals from researchers, activists, and policymakers. 

We are particularly interested in proposals for papers that address one of the following themes:

(1) Internal gender relations in unions

(2) Innovative models for unionization based on new roles for community-based organizations

(3) The relationship between women’s increased participation in their unions and enhancing workers’ voices in overall union decision-making
    

The conference will not only pay tribute to Alice Hanson Cook’s legacy but it will also continue and expand on her work into the twenty-first century.  In today’s international climate of conflict and uncertainty, this conference presents an opportunity for research faculty, leaders of the feminist and labor community, and policymakers to work cooperatively to develop a common vision for women and their unions. 


Proposals
All proposals must be in English. We are particularly interested in research papers and country case studies. 

Paper proposals should include the following information:

a. Title

b. Which of the three conference themes will be addressed

c. A maximum 300 word summary describing the topic, methodology, and aspect of women and unions that will be summed up

d. Relevant personal information indicating institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the author brings to the proposal

e. Author’s name, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address

Papers and country case studies will be prepared prior to the conference and circulated, so that only summary presentations will be made at the conference, leaving most of the time for analysis, discussion, and synthesis. Papers will be available for download at this website by the end of October.


Please send proposals to:
Francine Moccio, Ph.D.
Director
Institute for Women and Work
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Or as an e-mail attachment to:
fam5@cornell.edu

Proposals must be received by August 15, 2003.  Notifications will be mailed by September 5, 2003.  Accepted papers must be received by October 24, 2003 to ensure circulation prior to the conference.  The conference will be at the ILR School in Ithaca, New York, November 21-22, 2003

Details and updates will be posted at this website.


Conference Organizers

Francine Moccio, Ph.D.
Director
Institute for Women and Work
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016
212.340.2836
fam5@cornell.edu 

Ileen DeVault, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Collective Bargaining, Labor Law, & Labor History
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University
292 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY  14853
607.255.3055
iad1@cornell.edu

 

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