The unwritten story of women's role in the birth of occupational health and safety legislation

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Bob Strass
International Journal of Health
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Accounts for women's role in the formation of trade unions and development of collective bargaining, as well as in labour's historical struggle to improve day-to-day conditions from the late 1900s to the underground work of the 1950s and on to the 1970 passage of the US Occupational Safety and Health Act. Reviews the history of the reduction of working hours, prohibition of child labour, elimination of homework in tenement slums, reform of factory legislation, and investigation into accidents precipitating early workers' compensation legislation, women's investigative reports and studies on unhealthy working conditions.

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