The Toronto Workers’ History Project and Rise Up! are proud to present a live Zoom event with Susana P. Miranda and Franca Iacovetta, the authors of Cleaning Up: Portuguese Women’s Fight for Labour Rights in Toronto.
April 11th, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Online via Zoom
Please register in advance here.
For more information about the book launch, please check out the TWHP’s Book Club page.
About the Book
Cleaning Up: Portuguese Women’s Fight for Labour Rights in Toronto (Between the Lines, 2023).
A fascinating book about the little-known radical history of the Portuguese women who worked as night-time office cleaners and daytime ‘cleaning ladies’ in postwar Toronto.
Drawing on union records, newspapers, and interviews, feminist labour historians Susana P. Miranda and Franca Iacovetta examine the lives of immigrant women who defied stereotypes of passivity by reshaping domestic labour and by leading union drives, striking for workers’ rights, and taking on corporate capital in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. Richly detailed and engagingly written, Cleaning Up documents an undersung piece of working-class history in urban North America.