Trade unions had a fundamental role in the improvement of labour conditions and in the fight for democracy during Franco's dictatorship, despite being illegal. However, the history that has been written until now ignores the presence of women in them, reinforcing the myth of women's absence of the labour market, as well as women's greater docility and conformity. This project will investigate the employment conditions of women from 1940's to 1980, as well as their participation in the labour and social protests that took place in those years. It aims to reconstruct the central role that women had, as workers whose earnings were basic for their families (within and outside Spain, working as migants) as well as activists and trade unionists. It also aims to identify the specific obstacles that women faced in order to develop their labour and union activity: ideological obstacles (in a period in which the only place officially accepted for women was their home and family), legal obstacles (strong restrictions to their employment, particularly for married women, to their calification, to wage equality), as well as obstacles coming form the unions themselves. In order to fulfil the goals of the project, five studies will be developed by the scientific members, covering different periods, areas and economic sectors.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/03 → 31/12/05|
Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.