Women's-Work

I just love this🙌🏻

Some people argue that changing laws will not eliminate abortions. Β It is certainly true that a change of heart is more important than a change of law. Β What is forgotten, however, is that the law is the great teacher. Β Children grow up believing that if a practice is legal, it must be moral.
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—  Cardinal John O’Connor
In our view, when women fight for the wage for domestic work, they are also fighting against this work, as domestic work can continue as such so long as and when it is not paid. It is like slavery. The demand for a domestic wage denaturalized female slavery. Thus, the wage is not the ultimate goal, but an instrument, a strategy, to achieve a change in the power relations between women and capital. The aim of our struggle was to convert exploitative slave labor that was naturalized because of its unpaid character into socially recognized work; it was to subvert a sexual division of labor based on the power of the masculine wage to command the reproductive labor of women, which in Caliban and the Witch I call β€œthe patriarchy of the wage.”
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This is really getting to all the fun parts now!!! Hair and eyes and complexion and the beginning of costume stuff! :D I am satisfied with my day. ^__^

 I am probably going to work on my art prompt piece this weekend, and unless I just can’t help myself and have to make some adjustments sooner, I’ll plan to get back to this on Monday.  

(Edit: It’s so nice to be spending this much time with my characters again! ^___^ )

A lot of people are surprised to learn that back in 1800, 90 percent of American teachers were actually male. Today we know that actually 76 percent of [them are] female, so how did this huge flip happen?

The answer is that as school reformers began to realize in the 1820s that schooling should be compulsory β€” that parents should be forced to send their kids to school, and public education should be universal β€” they had to come up with a way to do this basically in an affordable manner, because raising taxes was just about as unpopular back then as it is now. So what we see is this alliance between politicians and education reformers in the early 19th century to redefine teaching as a female profession.

They do this in a couple ways: First, they argue that women are more moral in a Christian sense than men. They depict men as alcoholic, intemperate, lash-wielding, horrible teachers who are abusive to children. They make this argument that women can do a better job because they’re more naturally suited to spend time with kids, on a biological level. Then they are also quite explicit about the fact that [they] can pay women about 50 percent as much β€” and this is going to be a great thing for the taxpayer.
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Tuesday, April 14, is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s pay finally “catches up” to men’s from the previous year.

AAUW is observing Equal Pay Day with nearly 150 events at churches, campuses, community centers and state capitols across the country. 

Why? Because 78 cents to the dollar is NOT ENOUGH CHANGE! 

SIGN THE PETITION FOR EQUAL PAY: bit.ly/1PywiMb

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Artist Eliza Bennett takes embroidery to an almost shocking level with her work of art Woman’s Work is Never Done.  Through a top layer of the skin in her palm, Bennett sews multicolored thread.  The embroidery pattern resembles a familiar pattern of callouses that develop in hands frequently put to difficult work.  However, beyond its initially shocking impact, Woman’s Work is Never Done also carries a significant socio-political message.  Describing the work in her statement, Bennett says:

“By using the technique of embroidery, traditionally employed to represent femininity and applying it to the expression of it’s opposite, I hope to challenge the preconceived notion that ‘women’s work’ is light and easy.”

via Hi-Fructose (link takes you to their tumblr).

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“In Power”

I’d finally like to share with you all the way that I see beauty. 

-Sam Sims, Photographer