Dr. Joanne Goodwin's book featured in UNLV Innovation

"Her new book recognizes the politicized women, who, by their presence, pushed boundaries and sought greater opportunities.”
Dec. 8, 2015

 

In Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990, deftly deploys oral history to chronicle how — dur-ing a period when workplaces remained deeply divided by race and gender — the rules of the employment game gradually shifted from discrimination to greater, if not equal, opportunity. The book, Goodwin’s second, details the lives of 11 women who defied the odds to succeed in the Las Vegas -tion of Southern Nevada. Among her subjects were casino owners, dancers and dance company managers, hotel administrators, dice dealers, and housekeepers. Today, we might be tempted to celebrate such pioneer-however, is the context of historical possibilities during the decades after World War II. “Women needed to work around and within the con-and whites, for different jobs,” Goodwin said. “Historians missed the significance of non-politicized women, who, by their presence, pushed boundaries and sought greater opportunities once the doors were opened.

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