haberlandSLSA member Michelle Haberland was recently announced as the 2016 recipient of the H.L. Mitchell Award from the Southern Historical Association for her book, Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South, 1930-2000 (University of Georgia Press, 2015). The H. L. Mitchell Award is awarded every two years for the best book published on the southern working class. Haberland’s work places working women squarely at the center of some of the South’s most critical social and economic transformations during the twentieth century, focusing on intersections of gender, race, labor, and the struggles of women apparel workers for racial and economic justice.

Michelle Haberland is associate professor of History and director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Georgia Southern University. In addition to Striking Beauties, she is also the author of “Look for the Union Label: Organizing Women Workers and Women Consumers in the Southern Apparel Industry,” in Sheila Phipps and Jonathan Wells, eds., Entering the Fray:  Gender, Culture and Politics in the New South, and “‘It Takes a Special Kind of Woman to Work Up There’: Race, Gender and the Impact of the Apparel Industry on Clarke County, Alabama, 1937-1980” in Melissa Walker and Rebecca Sharpless, eds., Work, Family and Faith: Rural Southern Women in the Twentieth Century.

Haberland discussed Striking Beauties on SLSA’s podcast, Working History, in the episode, “Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South.”