Just before Labor Day 2022, renowned US journalist and writer Barbara Ehrenreich died. In 2000, she was about to release the book Nickel and Dimed, about going underground as a domestic worker. She and sociologist Arlie Hochschild were writing about international capitalisms effect on women’s livelihoods, including the experience of poor women who travel to more developed countries for work and have to leave their own kids behind. Excerpts from this lecture are courtesy of The Women’s International Newsgathering Service.
WINGS contributor Kellia Ramares chose excerpts from Ehrenreich and Hochschild’s joint appearance at the 4th annual Mario Savio Free Speech Lecture in Berkeley, California. Their speech was titled FORWARD AND BACKWARD: Women, Globalization and the New Class Structure.