constrained women, which is
what the Sex Discrimination Act sought to address. Rather than satisfying demands for equality, the legislation is better understood as a prompt
to further investigation into the causes of and explanations for sex inequalities in the workplace.72
SouthAsianwomen’s workplace activism
As gender inequality occupied a more prominent position in public debates during the 1970s, it is important to recognise there was an increasing awareness of racial discrimination in British workplaces as well. The
case studies in the following chapters focus on the
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10 O. Scharbrodt, ‘Shaping the public image of Islam: the Shiis of Ireland as “moderate” Muslims’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs , 31:4 (2011), 518–533; T. Abbas, ‘The impact of religio-cultural norms and values on the education of young SouthAsianwomen’, British Journal of Sociology of Education , 24:4 (2003), 411–428.
11 A. Portes and R. Rumbaut, Immigrant America: A Portrait (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2nd edn, 1996), pp
same time, some of the women reported feeling ashamed at asking
the public for money during the dispute, whilst others felt uncomfortable talking about particular aspects of the strike that violated ‘gendered
scripts of appropriate behaviour’.67 Anitha et al. emphasise how these personal, social and cultural factors intersected with women’s material experiences of paid work to shape SouthAsianwomen’s narratives about the
dispute.68 These examples of existing studies illustrate the value of oral
history as a methodology for understanding the everyday motivations