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Girls of the FactoryA Year with the Garment Workers of Morocco$
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M. Laetitia Cairoli

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035611

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035611.001.0001

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(p.230) Conclusion
Girls of the Factory

M. Laetitia Cairoli

University Press of Florida

The concluding chapter explores the change that took place prior to the research period for this book. It talks about the fact that young Moroccan women flooded into sewing factories, providing the cheap labor needed to power this wave of industrialization. Industrial districts rose up on the edge of Fes in fields where once onions were planted. Girls from lower-class families, whose mothers had married at puberty and given their lives to bearing children, began to leave their homes to work in the new factories. Factory work provided a limited scope for reshaping traditional female identity. Factory labor and earning a wage did not persuade workers to refashion their understanding of the feminine or to adopt western feminist notions of female autonomy. Fes factories are staffed almost entirely by females, and workers claim that this single-sex space helped them feel secure; they likened what was a public space to a private space, metaphorically transforming the factory into a home.

Keywords:   sewing factories, industrialization, Fes, Morocco, factory work, female autonomy, female identity

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