SOMETHING TO SAY

Ode to Wages Against Housework (1975)

2019-20

Her Riot

In 1975, Silvia Federici wrote a book called Wages Against Housework. It articulated the concerns of a movement that began in 1972 across the UK, USA, Canada and Italy, where ‘domestic labour’ and ‘unpaid caring roles’ demanded a wage for their service. The premise was simple – capitalism had created the housewife and so it should pay for it. The housewife supported the male worker and raised the next generation of workers. Without their support, the whole system would falter. The movement reframed housewives as workers in struggle.

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