Auto-Factory Practices Put Female Autoworkers at a Greater Risk of Developing Reproductive Cancers

Nolan Babinski, Dr. Tim Moran, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Wayne State University, 2100 Undergraduate Library 5155 Gullen Mall Detroit, MI 48202

Many women in the Metro Detroit area depend on the auto industry to make their livings, with many of these workers being exposed to possibly carcinogenic compounds. Along with the legal practices of large automotive firms (i.e. Ford, GM, and FCA), which have long been criticized by labor unions such as the UAW, supplier firms and others may historically have been suppressing female assembly line worker safeguards. Workers themselves may also not have been aware of some of the exposures that could affect their health and wellbeing.

The relationship between cancer in females and occupation has begun to gain popularity scholarly research, with the beginnings of a positive correlation between cervical cancer in females exposed to metal-working fluids. My research is an attempt to categorize and problematize the nature of cancer risk among female autoworkers through qualitative data collected from stakeholder interviews, medical professional observations, and interviews with organized representation for these workers. It is not a statistical modeling of this subject; that would be a work for a more advanced study. This project aims to narrate the relationship between reproductive cancers in females and the working conditions that female autoworkers are exposed to, extrapolated via chi-squared analysis, as well as providing changes that need to be made to the legal practices of automotive firms (i.e. revisions to liability release forms signed by employees) in order to prevent further ill-health in their female employees.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Nolan Babinski

Institution: Wayne State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Health & Human Development

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5117