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Women Leave Home for the Factory: Gender, Work, and Family
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Women Leave Home for the Factory
Gender, Work, and Family
The first time that I saw my mother go out to work was when she became employed at a coat factory after we arrived in Union City in 1968. In Cuba, before marriage, she had briefly held a job as a leaf stripper in a tobacco factory. Even before Cuban independence, working-class women were incorporated into certain sectors of the workforce. One was the tobacco industry. Women—both black and white—werc employed there supposedly because tobacco production required “delicate hands,” which only females could provide. Once my mother married, she left the factory. Later, she became a very well regarded seamstress in our town, but she worked at home. Staying indoors, even when making some money as in the case of my mother, conferred respectability on most Cuban women. The present chapter will briefly trace the history of women and work in Cuba. This account is necessary in order to understand the employment and other behaviors of Cuban women after they emigrated to the United States and to Union City in particular. Subsequently, I will relate the findings of a study on Cuban women and work that I conducted in Union City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I will also report on a follow-up to the first study in the 1990s. The end of the chapter will discuss the situation of Cuban women who...
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