Valuing domestic work

The Scholar & The Feminist Online, a journal of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (what, what BC02!) has an awesome new edition out on Valuing Domestic Work that includes writing by Saskia Sassen, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Ai-jen Poo and so many other amazing women. Gisela Fosada introduces the issue:

The daily, commonplace devaluation and exploitation of domestic workers…is often unnoticed by many of us who have learned to accept the status quo. Imagine if your middle-class buddy suddenly faced termination without severance pay or unpaid holidays, vacation or sick days in her job. What if she worked 70-80 hours per week with pay below the minimum wage and without compensation for overtime? What does it mean that so little attention is paid to the fact that an entire sector of labor is structured in this draconian fashion? And what would our society do without the labor of the countless women, predominantly women of color, who, as our contributors note, make all other work possible?

There is also some great video content, including this video: Women and Work: Building Solidarity with America’s Vulnerable Workers:

A transcript doesn’t appear to be available–an irony given that women workers with disabilities also face many of the issues discussed in this edition of the journal, and more.

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