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?


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