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Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990 (Paperback)
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Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990 (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/08/2014
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The growth of Las Vegas that began in the 1940s brought an influx of both women and men looking to work in the expanding hotel and casino industries. In fact, for the next fifty years the proportion of women in the labour force was greater in Las Vegas than the United States as a whole. Joanne L. Goodwin's study captures the shifting boundaries of women's employment in the postwar decades with narratives drawn from the Las Vegas Women Oral History Project. It counters cliched pictures of women at work in the famed resort city as it explores women's real strategies for economic survival and success.

Their experiences anticipated major trends in post\-World War II labour history: the national migration of workers during and after the war, the growing proportion of women in the labour force, balancing work with family life, the unionisation of service workers, and, above all, the desegregation of the labour force by sex and race. These narratives show women in Las Vegas resisting pre-assigned roles, seeing their work as a testimony of skill, a measure of independence, and a fulfilment of needs. Overall, these stories of women who lived and worked in Las Vegas in the last half of the twentieth century reveal much about the broader transitions for women in America between 1940 and 1990.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874179606
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A wonderful and highly readable addition to the Las Vegas literature, and a significant contribution to our understanding of women, gaming, and corporate power." --Susan Chandler, associate professor of social work at the University of Nevada, Reno, and coauthor of Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places
"A valuable and significant contribution to scholarship on women's work in postwar America. Goodwin's analysis draws out the complexity of these women's lived experiences." --Elizabeth Jameson, professor of history at the University of Calgary and author of All That Glitters: Class, Conflict, and Community in Cripple Creek
"Changing the Game, a meticulous and respectful analysis of women workers, makes a notable contribution to women's labor history. Goodwin has written a game changer." --Western Historical Quarterly

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