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GILL, Lorena Almeida. Olga’s struggle for her rights: immigration, health and women’s labor in Pelotas, RS (in the 1940s). História [online]. 2019, vol.38, e2019003.  Epub Jan 31, 2019. ISSN 1980-4369.

This article analyses the process #177 of 1945 related to Olga Tochttenhagen, a twenty-year old young women who had been fired from a tailoring position because she missed work, although she presented a medical certificate to her employer. These documents are in the Labour Justice Archives that belong to the Nucleus of Historical Documentation from the Federal University of Pelotas, which counts with more than 102 thousand different processes, which are inserted in a data base with unrestricted access. Based on the documents, this debate will include themes such as the city immigration; the illness that caused the most deaths in the period, tuberculosis; and the professions seen as fit for women. This investigation is related to social work history, to micro-history and to gender and women’s history.

Keywords : Immigration; Health; Women’s labors.

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