Trickle-Down Feminism

A call for feminists to not forget their labor roots:

“While we debate the travails of some of the world’s most privileged women, most women are up against the wall. According to the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, women make up just under half of the national workforce, but about 60 percent of the minimum-wage workforce and 73 percent of tipped workers. In the New York area, a full 95 percent of domestic workers are female. Female-dominated sectors such as retail sales, food service, and home health care are some of the fastest-growing fields in the new economy, and even in those fields, women earn less; women in the restaurant industry earn 83 cents to a man’s dollar.

“This is where most women spend their time, not atop the Googleplex. This is where feminists should be spending their time, too.”

Source: Dissent
Published: Jan 4, 2013
Length: 14 minutes (3,595 words)
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