Invisible: Issues in Women's Occupational Health


401 pages
Contains Bibliography
ISBN 0-921881-37-1
DDC 331.4'25





Edited by Karen Messing, Barbara Neis, and Lucie Dumais
Reviewed by Dave Bennett

David Bennett is the national director of the Department of Workplace Health, Safety and Environment at the Canadian Labour Congress in Ottawa.


This collection of essays (some in French, the majority in English),
written primarily by Canadian women researchers and activists, examines
issues in women’s occupational health from both a theoretical and a
practical standpoint. The great merit of the book is that it exposes
systemic discrimination against women workers with respect to workplace
design (ergonomics). As the essays demonstrate, workplaces are designed
to accommodate a stereotype of male needs. The women who work in
male-oriented workplaces are either excluded from “men’s” work or
obliged to take on an additional burden of risk, which is often rendered
“invisible.” This book’s powerful and persuasive thesis is
expounded in individual examinations of health and safety hazards that
are found in a wide range of occupations and industries.


“Invisible: Issues in Women's Occupational Health,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed February 28, 2024,