publication . Article . 1996

The Myth of the Male Breadwinner: Women and Industrialization in the Caribbean by Helen I. Safa

Maurer, WM;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 1996
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Mexico
Abstract
What are the implications of women's entry into the industrial workforce for their empowerment at the level of the household, workplace, and political arena? Helen Safa's book compares the experiences of women in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba to provide an insightful commentary on the gendered dimensions of the international division of labor. She documents changes in women's status as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic moved from import-substitution to export-led industrialization, and as Cuba adopted "material incentives" and market reforms. The book is based on survey data supplemented by interviews with women garment and textile workers. ...
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