Mar. 22, 2011
Ginny Young, doctoral candidate in History at West Virginia University, will be giving a lecture, "There Isn't a Darn Thing about This Job a Woman Can't Do," at Shawnee State University at noon on Thursday, March 31 in the University Center, Room 214.
Young will give a lecture on various ways some women resisted gender segregation in the mid-20th century workplace. She will be talking about female union members in Huntington, Moundsville, and Newell, West Virginia who worked in the glass and pottery industries. Her research focuses on how these women challenged the sexual division of labor and discrimination in the workplace.
"Her discussion of gender in the workplace and labor union activism is relevant not only to Women's History Month but also to current events surrounding labor unions," Ann Linden of the SSU Women's Center said.
Young's research on gender discrimination in the workplace has recently been published in the West Virginia History journal. Young also won the Velma Miller Award from the West Virginia University's Department of Women's Studies.
She has been invited to give presentations at West Virginia University and Marshall University. Young has presented papers at various conferences including the North American Labor History Conference, the Appalachian Studies Conference, the Ohio Valley History conference and many others.
For more information contact the SSU Women's Center at (740) 351-3738.