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In a Day's Work named 2018 winner!

Bernice Yeung documents the sexual harassment and abuse faced by blue-collar women in the workplace – and how workers are fighting back. 

In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers [The New Press, 2018] by Bernice Yeung has won the second annual Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice.

In a year transformed by the #MeToo movement, Yeung’s book paints a harrowing picture of the sexual abuse faced by women far from the power centers of Hollywood and Capitol Hill. These women labor on farms, clean offices late at night and provide homecare for older adults and those with disabilities. Many are immigrants, silenced by the fear of deportation or the need to keep earning a paycheck that supports an extensive network of family members. Yeung not only sheds new light on the pervasive harassment and abuse in these industries; she documents how women are organizing to combat the problem.

“The Book Prize celebrates the power of the written word to create change in the name of justice for all people,” said Josh Marwell, President of Sales at HarperCollins and Book Prize spokesperson. “IN A DAY’S WORK highlights a grave injustice faced by some of the most vulnerable people in America – and points the way toward progress – in clear and powerful prose. We’re delighted to recognize it as an important work addressing a major social issue of our time.”