Opening Thursday, November 8th, from 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Interdisciplinary artist and scholar, Melissa Potter (Associate Professor, Columbia College Chicago & Visiting Instructor, The University of Chicago) will give a talk on “Equal Pay for Equal Work: Women’s Labor as Resistance through the Lens of Silvia Federici’s Wages for Housework Theory” on Thursday, November 8th at 4:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Lecture attendees are strongly encouraged to read ahead of time Silvia Federici’s “The Reproduction of Labor Power in the Global Economy and the Unfinished Feminist Revolution” (2008) from Federici’s Revolution at Point Zero compendium and the “Feminist Social Practice Manifesto” by Neysa Page-Lieberman & Melissa Potter. Please email Ingrid Sagor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for PDF of the suggested reading, as well as for any accommodations you may need to attend the event.
What would happen if we paid wages for all work, including the care, domestic, and crafts labors traditionally done by women worldwide? Silvia Federici suggests it would cause a radical revision to the way we understand gendered labor and the nature of our family and social units. Through a Marxist feminist lens, we explore the ways in which devalued labors today present a series of complex social problems ranging from the crisis in eldercare, to the disappearance of female cultural heritage practices internationally.