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Women and Gender Studies
June Larkin

“AVAST AND TRAGICAL GLOBAL POLITICS” – Barbara ehrenreich  Paid domestic work: intersectionality  Context (the market for domestic workers)  Conditions  Film: blond women, brown babies From division of labour to paid domestic work: 1900’s onward, growing interest in paid domestic work. IMPLIED: RELATION BETWEEN WORKING WOMEN AND WORKING DOMESTICS  Temporary foreign workers: even though work Is not “temporary” theyre not granted full citizenship status/full rights when they migrate Combahee river collective: when v little media attention given to murdered African American women.in downtown boston. Organized for justice for their loved ones. Not only because of gender, poor African American women is also important. Not just African American but African American women. Rigoberta menchu: poor indian peasant women working in urban Guatemala. Social reproduction: reminder - The physical and emotional (caring) labour involved in the everyday and generational maintenance of life itself - If discussions of social reproduction draw our attention to gender difference and especially to male privilege, one of the things this focus on gender alone does it presume that all women have the same relationship to the household Slavery reveals household division of labour not only by gender, but also by race Keeping clean house – status for respectable women But keeping a house clean is considered drudgery, dirty work If you can afford to not do it, you won’t do it Women of colour “best suited” for this type of work “all women are white, all men are black, but some of us are brave” Declining demand for live in domestics up to 1960’s - Declining fertility rates (less babies) - Improvements in household technology (gadgets) - Market production of goods (less drudge time, work required in house) - But constant increase in demand for paid domestics – women entering labour force, need people to care for their children Economist article women now running some organisations that once treated them as second-class citizens Growing demand for paid domestic workers - Growing numbers of women working (aspiration and economic necessity) - Domestic division of labour relatively unchanged - Privatisation of childcare arrangements: lack of comprehensive social response to childcare needs - Irregular working hours 68% of Ontario mothers with youngest child aged 0-2 in workforce, 79% with youngest child aged 3-5 High cost of child care producing 2 groups o
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