Birth Strike – Author Talk with Jenny Brown – April 20 | New Labor Book Series #11
Thursday April 20 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
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Join us for our next in the author talk series, a discussion with Jenny Brown—editor at Labor Notes and author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work—about reproductive justice in the worker power context.
Other guests TBA.
“An astute analysis of power relations not only in the sphere of reproduction but also in the worlds of work, immigration, and government policy as they bear on women’s ability to control their bodies. She illuminates the historical context of the writings of Marx and Malthus, the crusades of Comstock, and recurring elite pleas for women to supply more workers and soldiers. Brown lays bare why U.S. women who want to be mothers, and those who don’t, have it far worse here than in Europe. Then she tells us how to change that.”
—Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes
“Jenny Brown compellingly explains the low U.S. birth rate: those primarily responsible for the labor of bearing and raising children (women) are responding as one should to lousy working conditions—by going on strike! Brown’s bold and brilliant book ventures into terrain that left and feminist thinkers have avoided for far too long. A breathtakingly accessible analysis, supported by riveting and intimate testimonials, it’s also an inspiring call to action.”
—Liza Featherstone, The Nation