- Series: Ilr Press Books
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: ILR Press (January 21, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080148605X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801486050
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eisenberg Collection: We'll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction (Ilr Press Books)
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"The unexpected book, about subjects neglected and out of fashion, is often the very book we had been hoping for, although we didn't know it. Such a book is We'll Call You if We Need You. . . .This is an inspirational and life-affirming book. . . . Eisenberg, who herself began an apprenticeship with Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1978, tells the story through interviews with 30 women―carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, painters, and plumbers. . . . This book is constructed so skillfully that the reader is kept constantly engaged."―Samuel C. Florman, New York Times Book Review
"Eye-opening and often disturbing, this is a fine study on the limits of affirmative action that can be appreciated by lay readers and scholars alike."―Library Journal
"Eisenberg captures the strength and intelligence of tradeswomen through the simplest of devices―hanging back. She comes in only to introduce and frame their voices―with clarification, personal accounts, a bit of history or context. . . . Eisenberg's book engenders a new respect for the women in the trades and the difficult work they do. To read this book is to never look at a building or a bridge the same way again; it is to realize that erecting the infrastructure of American society is not a job for wimps―especially when doing so requires you to go the extra mile working with men who don't want you there."―The Progressive
"A frustrating, coming of age narrative about women still struggling to secure their place in the construction trades. . . . The strength of We'll Call You If We Need You . . . is the nuanced composite picture it assembles of tradeswomen's experiences. . . . Eisenberg makes a persuasive case for beefing-up affirmative action guidelines and revising archaic union apprenticeship programs that were designed with 18-year old men in mind."―Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
"A splendid book that weaves together oral histories of thirty women from ten states plus the District of Columbia. . . . At a time when affirmative action is practically an insult, Susan Eisenberg's book unashamedly demonstrates that 'affirmative action works, and more of it works better.'"―Pat Cooper, Women's Review of Books
"A remarkable, riveting new book. . . . It's a portrayal of indomitable courage and perseverance by women to overcome gender barriers and qualify for more interesting and rewarding work than traditionally female occupations provide. It's also a tribute to the 'exceptional men' in the trades who supported and assisted their efforts."―Juliet F. Brudney, Boston Globe
"Susan Eisenberg's book We'll Call You If We Need You is her own anecdotal investigation into why women still don't typically enter the building trades. Her answers are eye opening."―Fine Homebuilding
"Eisenberg interviewed 30 women, from Seattle to Boston, who were pioneers in the skilled trade fields. . . . The book is told mostly in their eloquent words."―Jane Slaughter, Ithaca Times
"We'll Call You if We Need You is a very personal book. Eisenberg records and shares the thoughts and feelings of a group of ordinary women in an extraordinary circumstance―working in the building and construction trades. Her book is a moving account of these women's individual challenges. . . . A powerful story about gender."―Industrial and Labor Relations Review
"The interviews with construction workers in We'll Call You If We Need You contain many telling anecdotes."―Feminist Collections
About the Author
Susan Eisenberg is a poet, visual artist, oral historian, licensed electrician, and Resident Artist/Scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. She is also curator of the online exhibition, On Equal Terms: gender and solidarity. Her most recent book is the reissued We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction. Visit susaneisenberg.com for more information.