Women and Work: Questions About the Past, Present and Future

Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology at UCLA

27th Nov 2008  -

Ruth Milkman is Professor of Sociology at UCLA, where from 2001 through 2008 she also served as Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. She did her undergraduate work at Brown University and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before moving to UCLA in 1988, she taught for several years at the City University of New York, and she plans to return to the faculty at CUNY in 2010. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Warwick (England), the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Macquarie University (Australia). In 2004-05 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York. Her research and writing has ranged over a variety of issues surrounding work and labor organization in the U.S. She has written many articles published three edited volumes: Women, Work and Protest: A Century Of Women's Labor History (1985); Organizing Immigrants: The Challenge for Unions In Contemporary California (2000); and Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers In The New Union Movement (With Kim Voss, 2004). She Has Written Four Books: Gender At Work: The Dynamics Of Job Segregation During World War II, which won the 1987 Joan Kelly Prize from the American Historical Association; Japan's California Factories: Labor Relations And Economic Globalization (1991); Farewell to the Factory: Auto Workers in the Late 20th Century (1997), and most recently, L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and The Future of The U.S. Labor Movement (2006).