Sex, Strikes, and Solidarity

Elyssa Faison

in Managing Women

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252967
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934184 | DOI:
Sex, Strikes, and Solidarity

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This chapter examines the 1930 Toyo Muslin strike in which female employees walked off the job and eventually fought a street battle with the police and strongmen hired by the company. This strike involved not only employer and employees, but a wide range of actors, including left intellectuals, social reformers, union activists and organizers, workers, their families, the townspeople of Kameido (the Tokyo neighborhood where the factories were located), the state (in the form of local police), right-wing gangs, and the company itself. What was at stake for each of these social actors varied widely, but the rhetoric deployed by the protagonists reveals the way debates over womanhood, class identities, and the meaning of civil rights and national responsibilities were central to the standoff.

Keywords: 1930 Toyo Muslin strike; Kameido; womanhood; class identities; civil rights

Chapter.  10645 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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