Award-winning ergonomist Karen Messing is talking with women—women who wire circuit boards, sew clothes, clean toilets, drive forklifts, serve food, run labs. What she finds is a workforce in harm’s way, choked into silence, whose physical and mental health invariably comes in second place: underestimated, underrepresented, understudied, underpaid. Should workplaces treat all bodies the same?


  • Winner, IPPY Award Bronze Medalist, Canada-East, Best Regional Non-Fiction 2022
  • Joint winner, Leo Panitch Book Prize 2022
  • Winner, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award - Women's Studies (Adult Nonfiction) 2021
  • Short-listed, The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction 2021