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From Angel to Office Worker: Middle-Class Identity and Female Consciousness in Mexico, 1890-1950 - The Mexican Experience (Hardback)
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From Angel to Office Worker: Middle-Class Identity and Female Consciousness in Mexico, 1890-1950 - The Mexican Experience (Hardback)

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Hardback 372 Pages / Published: 01/06/2018
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2019 Thomas McGann Award for best publication in Latin American Studies

In late nineteenth-century Mexico a woman's presence in the home was a marker of middle-class identity. However, as economic conditions declined during the Mexican Revolution and jobs traditionally held by women disappeared, a growing number of women began to look for work outside the domestic sphere. As these "angels of the home" began to take office jobs, middle-class identity became more porous.

To understand how office workers shaped middle-class identities in Mexico, From Angel to Office Worker examines the material conditions of women's work and analyzes how women themselves reconfigured public debates over their employment. At the heart of the women's movement was a labor movement led by secretaries and office workers whose demands included respect for seniority, equal pay for equal work, and resources to support working mothers, both married and unmarried. Office workers also developed a critique of gender inequality and sexual exploitation both within and outside the workplace. From Angel to Office Worker is a major contribution to modern Mexican history as historians begin to ask new questions about the relationships between labor, politics, and the cultural and public spheres.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496204219
Number of pages: 372
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In this fine study Porter contributes to our understanding of Mexico's first-wave feminist movement. . . . She shows the close linkage between women and work in feminist programming that would, contrary to conventional scholarship, expand rather than wither in the immediate decades after 1940."-Mary Kay Vaughan, coeditor of Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico
-- Mary Kay Vaughan
"Susie Porter demonstrates that labor was key to both the women's movement and the emergence of a middle-class identity. This is a must-read for scholars of twentieth-century Mexico."-Robert F. Alegre, associate professor of Latin American history and affiliated faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of New England -- Robert F. Alegre

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