Attempting to place herself in the position of her subjects, Ehrenreich strived to see if she were able to survive on the minimal income provided by a series of low level and low paying jobs. The author describes a time when feminists worked to celebrate the work women did in the home and how this work is now being outsourced to other lower class women. Also included are histories of those left behind; the children and husbands of the migrant women, who sometimes do not return for years. First of all, beneath her apparent concern for working-class women lurks a weirdly detached elitism -- I doubt most women seeking cleaning work would appreciate Ehrenreich telling potential employers not to hire them. This broad-scale transfer of labor associated with women's traditional roles results in an odd displacement.
She lives and works in Florida. However, it was not only informational but also very provoking and surprisingly first-hand. While the article discussed the fact that these Filipinas are able to make much more money abroad than at home and give better opportunities for their own children, there seems to be no blame on the part of Filipino men leaving the home for migrant work, a pattern which has gone on for years. I can't believe it's 2012 and we're talking about birth control and abortion. That's not to say that no one appreciated or valued me, because many people did and I will be forever grateful to them for that. In the new global calculus, the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones, often to the detriment of the families left behind. A language that denies this fact fuels a system that obscures the ways in which other people care for us.
However, in this modern era, women hear stories and see examples of small and large victories that cause them to reevaluate their options. Even as the gap between the globe''s rich and poor grows wider, the globe itself--its capital, cultural images, consumer tastes, and peoples--becomes more integrated. Yes, there is a power relationship between domestic help and the home owner, it's one of a boss and worker. Each year, millions leave Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and other third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. While men also immigrate internationally to find work, Ehrenreich has focused on the women. It avoids A terribly depressing read made even more depressing by the fact that these are the experiences of women all over the world. While the terms of First World and Third World are general and can appear monolithic , they explain how the development of some countries results in the underdevelopment of many others in spite of the apparent opportunities for migrant workers.
Also included are histories of those left behind; the children and husbands of the migrant women, who sometimes do not return for years. I got into feminist theory at thirteen and later ended up as a court advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual assault. The majority of the contributions are focused on the issue of female migrant workers; those who leave their homes in less developed countries to take on work as nannies, maids and cleaners in the richer countries of the world. This broad-scale transfer of labor associated with women's traditional roles results in an odd displacement. The author implies that we in the western world should do more to ensure there are domestic opportunities for work within the Philippines and other migratory countries.
Many affluent men don't spend their weekends fixing a leaky pipe, mowing the lawn, or cleaning the gutters. Not hiring domestic help out of some lofty notion of the virtue of doing one's own chores might make certain commentators feel morally superior, but it does nothing at all for the great many people who'd rather have unpleasant work than no work at all. This book really gives a full cross-section examination of the 'silent' workforce: live-ins, nannies, etc. I witnessed gender violence and experienced it as well. Global Woman presents a nice mix of essays that all discuss issues of the global movement of women, particularly from the Third World to First World. In attempts to gain an income for their families, these women face many struggles.
While the efforts of the women are noble, the pay-offs are limited in terms of income they actually earn and opportunities to leave their country. Hondagneu-Sotelo says: The complexity of domestic-employment arrangements begins with the very nature of the work involved. Similarly there were few discussions on those endeavouring to fix the problem although there was a list of organisations dealing with the issue. There are many tempting reasons to pick up Global Woman. Each year, millions leave Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and other third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world.
I read this book at the same time as I read 'Confessions of a Slacker Wife'. It's been awhile since I've done feminist work so I lack the authority to speak on any given topic. There are some fascinating insights, illuminating anecdotes and harrowing revelations in this collection, but they're often suffocated by self-righteousness, anger, opaque academic jargon and muddled anti-capitalism. In the new global calculus, the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones, often to the detriment of the families left behind. To able to see how factors of globalization have changed the dynamics of relationships between women and the society and with other women from different social status. Their joint effort builds on their own individual work but brings in new and exciting dimensions from 13 collaborators--, who include the well-known author Susan Cheever, academic Saskia Sassen, Free the Slaves director Kevin Bales, and Joy Zarembka, who writes movingly of the powerlessness of foreign domestic workers imported to work in the U.
I didn't go in expecting the most super radical thing ever but I was hoping for a bit more. And what of the children of these nannies whom we expect to love our children as they love their own? Zibilee: I'm sure that that experience would add a lot to your perspective on this. To make this far from self-evident point, she relies on bizarre analogies. So too are Ehrenreich and Hochschild to be applauded, not only for their wonderful essays in this book, but also for mov-ing beyond a focus on their own best-selling work. The editors saved the darkest chapters for last, so be prepared.
Women's choices are never easy. I'm pretty sure it was meant as a political statement but I'm not sure who it was aimed towards, I'm sure most who would read the book would already have a small grasp on the issues and those who do not have such an understanding are unlikely to read the book in the first place. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism, and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism. But for every female executive racking up frequent flier miles, there are multitudes of women whose journeys go unnoticed. Confronting a range of topics, from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles and the selling of Thai girls to Japanese brothels, Global Woman offers an unprecedented look at a world shaped by mass migration and economic exchange on an ever-increasing scale.
Left behind in Sri-Lanka, Lal ended up taking on a traditionally feminine domestic role, but found that this shift had to be carefully negotiated to avoid a severe social cost. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. Domestic labour is the undervalued, ignored and yet integral part of our daily routine, these were stories that had to be told. . I think that often, some of the every day, mundane issues are overlooked with a focus on the broader themes.