Roundtable Strategy Session II:
Internal gender relations in unions
Cook''s book examines many of the ways in which internal union cultures, often unintentionally, discouraged women''s participation in activist and leadership roles. Women have always had to struggle against union member''s assumptions about their abilities as well as their own. Moreover, despite some changes in the past few decades, women still hold primary responsibility for childrearing and housekeeping in most countries. Such responsibilities may prohibit women''s participation in union activism and often serve to reinforce prior prejudices about women''s interest in and commitment to the basic principles and values of unionism.