In this meeting Silvia Federici will continue to examine the theoretical and political assumptions behind organizing the demand that wages get paid for housework. The significance of these demands today, when the struggle for ‘equality’ and ‘the right to work’ are demonstrating their political limitations will also be brought into focus, especially as capitalist developments broaden the deeper privatization of the commons.
Silvia Federici is a feminist activist, writer, and a teacher. In 1972 she was one of the co-founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the international campaign for Wages For Housework. From 1987 to 2005 she taught international studies, women studies, and political philosophy courses at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. All through these years she has written books and essays on philosophy and feminist theory, women’s history, education and culture, and more recently the worldwide struggle against capitalist globalization and for a feminist reconstruction of the commons.