Partial Repost~ Working Class Feminisim

Working Class Feminisim

Scattermom has a great post with an equally awesome graphic called Why Feminists are Killing Feminisim. I wanted to share these resources with her and her readers….to say You Are Not Alone!

Choice or Struggle? Overcoming the Cult of Motherhood and the Cult of the Successful Worker by Sara Curran (curran@princeton.edu)

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June 8, 2000: Segment 1: Dialogue

Working Class Feminisim: The Other Women’s Movement

The years between suffrage an the 1970s were not blank pages in the history of feminism. Women in the labor movement advanced the cause of women’s rights on the shop floor and in the union hall—increasing their achievements after World War II. Dorothy Sue Cobble, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, discusses the origins and success of working-class feminism with Dialogue’s George Liston Seay. (The links that follow are to the same audio) [27minutes long]

My Notes from the audio program are as follows:

Feminisim defined too narrowly according to white-middle class women’s needs

rewriting feminisims definition- recognition of women as a set suffer inequities and a commitment to end those inequities regardless of the strategy pursued.

1960’s feminists constricts definition of feminisim- gender neutrality, equality and sameness, value wage work over house work. Disregards working class women derived power status and pleasure as mothers/ home making.

completing the picture of history to gain “rescuing voices from condescention of posterity” ignored and unfairly maligned because they did not agree with activists in 60’s and 70’s. Allow more women to identify with feminisim.

impression there is a class schisim within womens movement, they are not speaking for/ to me (working class women). cant fully recongize self within the family. lives and values worth less than middle class women. middle class womens liberation achieved on backs of their maids. rate for the job middle class women paid for job performance. fought for upping the minimum wage, household employees werent included in minimum wage until 1972. Revalue and upgrade womens work, see aspects of womens work as skilled.

33% of workers in 1950’s were organized. aflcio has working womens department. class issues are womens issues. labor issues are womens issues.

promise of a broader definition of womens movement for globalization. economic inequality will have to be at women’s movements core. Use economic power for social reform.

Link 1 audio only

Link 2 audio only

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