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Piecemeal Labor Reform is Nice, But National Action is What's Needed


Piecemeal Labor Reform is Nice, But National Action is What's Needed

Susan Campbell

In 1931, banker-turned-writer James Truslow Adams argued with his publishers about the title of a book he’d just completed. Adams wanted to call the book The American Dream, but his publishers believed no American in the Great Depression would shell out $3 for a book by that name.


I find the writing tepid perhaps because Ms. Campbell is afraid to scare off those who have zero understanding of, or empathy for Women’s struggles for equality.

I find this particular frame unfortunate because it uses the odious WE meme:

“As a culture, we don’t value what has traditionally been called “women’s work” – which mostly revolves around caregiving. Yet caregiving is, as this essay by Anne-Marie Slaughter says, the “work that makes work possible”. The growing need for childcare and elder care means that caregiving will be the country’s largest occupation in four short years.”

A more honest and accurate opening statement would identify why it is that culture reflects the patriarchal perspective that is itself based on the devaluation of women’s abilities, labor, and quintessential worth.


Your comment makes the GENDER component extraneous or irrelevant.

It’s on a par with those who counter “Black Lives Matter” with “All Lives Matter.”

As a brilliant young Black activist explained, if ALL lives really did matter, Black citizens would not be involved in a necessary movement.

Patriarchy depends on UNPAID women’s labors… from childcare, to laundry duties, to cooking, and in 3rd world nations: the gathering of foodstuffs, planting of foodstuffs, and carrying of heavy jugs of water.