Geraldine Healy and Gill Kirton are at Queen Mary University of London.
Mobilization and Collective Action
The Early Mobilization of Women Union Leaders — A Comparative Perspective
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
© John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics 2012
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 51, Issue 4, pages 709–732, December 2013
How to Cite
Healy, G. and Kirton, G. (2013), The Early Mobilization of Women Union Leaders — A Comparative Perspective. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 51: 709–732. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2012.00902.x
- Issue published online: 7 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 APR 2012
- Leverhulme Trust
This article explores the initial reasons for union joining of women who became union leaders in the UK and the USA by drawing on concepts from mobilization theory and the literature on women and unions. The comparative study demonstrates similarities and differences in early mobilization influences on UK and US women with respect to family, ideology, instrumentality and injustice. Informed by the women and unions literature, the article critiques mobilization theorists for failing to problematize the term ‘injustice’ and underplaying the importance of ideology which are shown to be gendered and racialized and located in time and place.