Academic Scholarship

Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle Class Reform in New York 1870-1940

Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Unprotected Labor Vanessa May, Ph.D.
Department of History

Through an analysis of women's reform, domestic worker activism, and cultural values attached to public and private space, Vanessa May explains how and why domestic workers, the largest category of working women before 1940, were excluded from labor protections that formed the foundation of the welfare state. 


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