Martha H. Duggan Fellowship in Caring Labor This award is given in memory of Martha H. Duggan, whose caring labor made possible the life work of her husband and key Bridges Center founding supporter, Robert Duggan. It is given to graduate students studying or providing caring labor. Jiwoon Yulee, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies: A first generation, working class, international student from South Korea, Jiwoon’s research focuses on caring labor performed by female janitorial workers employed at major university campuses in Seoul. Jiwoon formerly worked as a policy staff-person for the Korean Women’s Association United (KWAU), a coalition of feminist, women’s rights, and gender equality organizations in South Korea. For her dissertation, Jiwoon is studying the changing conditions of female labor in South Korea, specifically female janitorial workers’ struggles for recognition and justice. After 13 months of fieldwork, Jiwoon has compiled a range of detailed interviews with female janitors at universities in Seoul. She is documenting how this janitorial work – itself a form of caring labor in the context of maintaining university campuses – is closely connected with women’s needs to support the social reproduction of their own families. Funding from the Bridges Center will allow Jiwoon to complete her research, which is poised to contribute a rich trove of original archival material and analysis to the fields of labor, gender, and Korean Studies.
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