Girls of the Factory

About the Book

In Morocco today, the idea of female laborers is generally frowned upon. Yet despite this, many women are beginning to find work in factories.

Laetitia Cairoli spent a year in the ancient city of Fes; Girls of the Factory: A Year with the Garment Workers of Morocco tells the story of what life is like for working women. Forced to find a factory job herself so that she could speak more intimately with working women, she was able to learn firsthand why they work, what working means to them, and how important earning a wage is to their sense of self.

Cairoli conveys a general sense of the working life of women in Morocco by describing daily life inside a Moroccan sewing factory. She also reveals the additional work they face inside their homes. More than an ethnography, this volume is also for those who want to better understand what life is like for a new generation of young women just entering the workforce.

About the Author

In 1995, M. Laetitia Cairoli spent a year in Fes, Morocco, conducting ethnographic research on the lives of girls working in clothing factories. She has published articles on the data in several journals and edited collections. She completed her degrees in Anthropology at New York University and Columbia University. Before embarking on her doctoral research on factory workers, the author lived and worked in Morocco for several years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching English, and later as a researcher studying women’s organizations there. Currently, Dr. Cairoli teaches anthropology at several colleges in New Jersey.

Book Club Information

Date:  Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Location:  Multnomah County Library Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, 810 SW 10th Avenue
Speaker:  M. Laetitia Cairoli, author and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University