Sheila Bapat

Sheila is a former employment attorney who now writes about gender and economic justice. Her first book, Part of the Family, was released by Ig Publishing in 2014 and chronicles the U.S. domestic workers' movement.

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Ai-Jen Poo and book cover

Feministing Reads: Ai-jen Poo’s The Age of Dignity

With so much content accessible online today, the role of books has evolved. Books serve not just as substantive contributions — they are also events around which social movements can rally. So it is no surprise that one of the leading progressive organizers of our time, Ai-jen Poo, has written a book that helps clarify and amplify the mission and vision of her movement, the movement for domestic workers’ rights. 

With so much content accessible online today, the role of books has evolved. Books serve not just as substantive contributions — they are also events around which social movements can rally. So it is no surprise that ...

How Louis C.K. helps the domestic workers’ movement by showing that parenting is work

Ed. Note: This is a guest post by Sheila Bapat. Sheila is a former employment attorney who now writes about gender and economic justice. Her book about the U.S. domestic workers’ movement will be released by Ig Publishing in 2014.

I saw American Hustle on New Years Day. I was pleasantly surprised when comedian Louis C.K. popped onto the screen. In the film he plays the role of police chief Stoddard Thorsen who spars with an overzealous cop Richie DiMaso (played by Bradley Cooper).

This role comes just months after C.K. showed up in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Meanwhile, his critically acclaimed FX television show, Louie, is about to begin its fourth season.

Louis C.K.’s cultural capital is rising alongside a social ...

Ed. Note: This is a guest post by Sheila Bapat. Sheila is a former employment attorney who now writes about gender and economic justice. Her book about the U.S. domestic workers’ movement will be released by Ig Publishing ...

Why Chris Rock is a feminist

A SYTYCB entry.

Feminist theory has never been exclusively about women. The beauty of the many strands of feminist theory is that they break through convention generally — convention that values hierarchies, normalizes the white male experience and leaves women, people of color, people who are poor or people who are queer voiceless/marginalized/impoverished/irrelevant.

So why do I think Chris Rock espouses at least some feminist cred, even when in his HBO specials he has said that he “would never hit a woman, but he would shake her,” or that “men lie the most but women tell the biggest lies.” Or that women with children should stop clubbing and get back to their children. ?*

It’s something that requires a great deal ...

A SYTYCB entry.

Feminist theory has never been exclusively about women. The beauty of the many strands of feminist theory is that they break through convention generally — convention that values hierarchies, normalizes the white male experience ...

Record number of woman running for Congress? Big deal.

A SYTYCB entry

More evidence that the 2012 election is getting really mcreally: nearly 300 women have filed to run for House of Representatives’ seats. As Kimberly Killen pointed out earlier today, many are in a tizzy over this record breaking high of women candidates.

Exciting stuff? Maybe, for Americans. But international stats on gender parity in politics put us to shame: The US actually ranks 79th in the world for its number of women in legislatures. Cuba, South Africa, Uganda, Nepal, Sweden all have more women in their Congressional bodies than the US. And Rwanda kicks every other country’s butt, with a record 56 percent women serving in the Rwandan parliament.

In fairness, Rwanda has quotas ...

A SYTYCB entry

More evidence that the 2012 election is getting really mcreally: nearly 300 women have filed to run for House of Representatives’ seats. As Kimberly Killen pointed out earlier today, many are ...