The unfinished feminist revolution
Thursday 09. Jan.2020
The unfinished Feminist revolution
Influence of the global economy on housework
Silvia Federici is an Italian-American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor.
She was a founder of the International Network for Wages for Housework. During the ‘80s she lived and taught in Nigeria, where she also worked with women’s organizations and against the politics of structural adjustment that were then being tested throughout Africa.
Alyssa Schneebaum was a PhD student in Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States, and a competitive GEXcel Scholar and is now teaching at the WU.
As long as reproductive work is devalued, as long as it is considered a private matter and women’s responsibility, women will always confront capital and the state with less power than men, and in conditions of extreme social and economic vulnerability.
Silvia Federici – Revolution at point Zero (2012)
Capitalism still relies on the creation and availability of future generations of workers. The patriarchal heterosexual nuclear family is still the most (economically) efficient way for capitalist societies to organize themselves, becausewithin the family, women do care work for free.
Alyssa Schneebaum - All in the Family: Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Love (2013)
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