A woman’s place: Questions for Barbara Ehrenreich

From The Boston Globe:

Barb BARBARA EHRENREICH is best known these days for “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” her biting 2001 bestseller about going undercover in a variety of low-wage jobs. But “Nickel and Dimed” was actually her 12th book. In her long career, Ehrenreich has often investigated how capitalism unmoors individual lives, whether by treating low-wage workers (especially women) as disposable things (“Nickel and Dimed’’) or encouraging women to sell their mother-love (“Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy,” co-edited with Arlie Russell Hochschild).

This Tuesday at the Radcliffe Institute, she will expand on the theme in a lecture titled ‘‘Weird Science: Challenging Sexist Ideology Since the 1970s.” – E.J. GRAFF

IDEAS: Alessandra Stanley wrote in The New York Times a few months ago that feminism lasted for 15 minutes but the backlash against it has lasted for 30 years. How would you compare women’s status today to our status in 1975?

EHRENREICH: Oh, I think there’s just been enormous changes for the good, on the whole. A kind of feminist consciousness has permeated a lot of our culture and is not any more regarded as the property of “feminism.” Women who aren’t self-proclaimed or self-identified feminists will still be opposed to unequal pay for unequal work, or will stand up against perceived insults to women.

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