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Women's Movements and the Filipina1986-2008$
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Mina Roces

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834999

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834999.001.0001

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The Woman as Worker

The Woman as Worker

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Women's Movements and the Filipina

Mina Roces

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on how women workers (including overseas contract workers [OCW] and women migrants) have been represented by the women's movements, in particular focusing on some of the sectoral affiliates of the General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership and Action (GABRIELA). Evidence shows that women's organizations represented the woman as worker as being the most exploited and oppressed of humanity—as modern-day slaves. At the same time, women workers also were identified as the women's movements most likely followers, and were clearly imagined to be potential radicals. In unpacking the grand narratives of the woman as worker, the image of the woman as slave—subject to her male supervisors or boss, subject to her husband and children—was accompanied by the woman as militant activist. In this sense, discourses on the woman as worker also reproduced the double narrative.

Keywords:   women workers, women's movements, GABRIELA, women's organizations, slave, women migrants, overseas contract workers, domestic helpers

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