Right now, all many mothers can think about is just wanting a break from the unrelenting domestic work that last year has heaped on us. In this special Mother’s Day episode, Katherine and Angela explore some fascinating, little-known history that has led our society to expect mothers’ care work to be a largely uncompensated “labor of love.” We’ll also explore some forgotten moments in the 20th century, with journalist and author Sarah Jaffe, that give vital context to how today’s society came to vastly undervalue caregiving.
Then, taking inspiration from Black activists like Johnnie Tillmon and Angela Davis, Katherine and Angela lay out why we are at a pivotal moment for meaningful change. They will also share some hopeful visions for a world where mothers’ invisible labor is collectivized, seen and valued.
Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis
The Invisible Labor Calculator, created by Amy Westervelt, author of “Forget ‘Having It All’: How America Messed Up Motherhood--and How to Fix It”
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