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Lisa Pasolli & Julia Smith

Julia Smith

Best Article Prize in Labour History


Lisa Pasolli & Julia Smith, “The Labor Relations of Love: Workers, Childcare, and the State in 1970s Vancouver, British Columbia,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, volume 14, issue 4, pp: 39-60.

This article on activism among women working in childcare in 1970s Vancouver sheds light on the unique ways in women were shaping unions at the grassroots level during a decade in which Canadian labour began to face new challenges.  This analysis by Pasolli and Smith links labour activism to wider issues of gender and employment, and to public policy.  It is a welcome addition to the existing literature on work, labour, and gender in the 1970s.