Throughout 2022, the Wages for Housework Campaign is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of events, in person and online, and the launch of our community archives. (See below for links to watch the events which took place in March.)
The WFH/GWS Archives
Our community archives are being held at the Bishopsgate Institute. The first decade was launched in March; the next 10 years (1982-1991) will be available for viewing at our 28 May meeting.
Selma James and Margaret Prescod in conversation (24 March)—watch here; “WFH at 50: Isn’t it time for a care income?” press statement here
Empowering women with a care income for people and planet (25 March), UN Commission on the Status of Women—watch here.
Wages for Housework community archives: moving forward by looking back (27 March), London and Philadelphia
Selma James put forward wages for housework for the first time in March 1972. Since then, she has been a point of reference for a global network campaigning from the perspective of unwaged women who, with their biological and caring work, reproduce the whole human race—whatever else they do. This work goes on almost unnoticed everywhere, in every culture. It is not prioritized economically, politically, or socially, and women are discriminated against and impoverished for doing it.
To mark the new millennium, women in Ireland called for a national women’s strike on 8 March 2000 and asked the WFH Campaign to support it. We did by calling for the strike to be global and from then on we became known as the Global Women’s Strike. In 2020 (together with the Green New Deal for Europe) GWS launched the Care Income Now! campaign in recognition that there is one continuum between the care and protection of people and of the planet—the care income prioritizes both, for every gender.
The autonomous groups which formed within WFH—of women of color, queer women, sex workers, women with disabilities, single mothers—have worked to ensure that antisexism, antiracism and anti every discrimination are central to all WFH/GWS does. The network of men who share this perspective is integral to this campaigning.
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