The Feminization of Austerity

Source: Mimi Abramovitz, New Labor Forum, Vol. 21 no. 1, Winter 2012
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The current attack on public sector unions is the latest step in a long-term effort to “end big government” through a three-pronged strategy that falls heavily on women. The strategy targets three public sector groups: service users, workers, and unions. Yet most of the prevailing analysis focuses on one group or another and thus misses the whole story and the strategy’s wider impact, particularly on white women and women of color–the people who comprise the majority of public sector program users, workers, and union members. This is largely a result of the gender division of labor…

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