ESSHC March 30-April 2, 2016 in Valencia, Spain; Panel on History of Women in the Workplace due April 20, 2015

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Emily J. Petersen

We are organizing a panel submission to the Labour History Network of the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) to be held in Valencia, Spain, from March 30 to April 2, 2016. We invite proposals of 300-500 words on the history of women in the workplace. Proposals can address any aspect of this historical topic, but some ideas include the following.

Polices that affect women and families
Maternity policies and experiences
Feminized workplaces/professions
Male-domination in the workplace
Gender harassment/inequality
Dress codes and appearance
Mentoring and role models for working women
Public versus private workplaces
Pay gap and unpaid labor
Working conditions for women
Paternalism and protection
Women in leadership/management roles

Our panel seeks to explore the following questions.

How have women negotiated workplaces historically?
What benefits/disadvantages have women faced in the workplace historically?
How do theories of labor or privilege explain women's historical role in the workplace?
In what ways can we recognize the contributions women have made to workplaces?

The Labour History Network of the ESSHC encompasses all aspects of work, labour relations, and labour struggle in a global and long-term perspective, including the influence of these global developments on local cases, and vice versa. Besides class, other constituent elements, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, age and nationality, are believed to be indispensable for the historical analysis of work and workers in their broadest definition. The Labour History Network welcomes sessions dealing with all topics and periods in labour and working class history. However, it has a preference for sessions with a comparative character, geographically and/or chronologically. Young scholars, such as PhD and master students, are encouraged to be involved Labour Network sessions. To encourage this, the Jan Lucassen Prize for the best paper at the ESSHC of a junior scholar (first awarded in Vienna in 2014) will be awarded (see

Proposals of 300-500 words are due by April 20, 2015. Please email your submission to Emily J. Petersen at After creating a panel, we will submit proposals to the ESSHC conference.

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