On behalf of Saitama JALT, it is our great pleasure to host Ms. Julia Kimura, lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Mukogawa Women’s University. Her research covers the significance of female foreign teachers in labor unions. Details of her abstract are found below:
Foreign Female Teachers and Labor Unions
Prime Minister Abe has encouraged more women to enter the workforce, but they are still not adequately represented in labour unions, particularly in leadership roles. This holds true not only in Japan, but also in other OECD countries. Part of this discrepancy in representation stems from the fact that men have worked outside the home and therefore had the opportunity to join a union, but there are other reasons which explain this disparity. In this presentation, the presenter will describe their dissertation research on women’s roles in organized labour, both those in leadership positions, as well as those on the fringes. The presenter is conducting case studies on female foreign language teachers in a labour union based in western Japan. The talk will conclude with a discussion on topics related to (intersectional) feminism and the labour movement.
As always, please plan to make time to join us after the event for drinks and refreshments and one of the nearby establishments.