NON-FICTION / SCHOLARLY WORKS
Ehrenreich, Barbara. (2011). Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (10th Anniversary Edition). New York, NY: Picador.
Ehrenreich’s experience trying to make ends meet while working jobs near the minimum wage, with a new afterword addressing the recent economic downturn.
Enloe, Cynthia. (2007). Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link. New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield.
An accessible look at the role of gender in global politics and business, and the ties between globalized production and globalized militarization.
hooks, bell. (1984). Re-Thinking the Nature of Work. In Feminist Theory from Margin to Center. Brooklyn, NY: South End Press.
A critique of second wave feminism for largely ignoring the plight of poor and working class women and a call to examine the ways that capitalism as a system exploits underclass groups.
Alvarez, Julia. (1996). Woman’s Work (poem). In Homecoming: New and Collected Poems. New York, NY: Plume.
Alvarez considers her mother’s assertion that a woman’s work, even scrubbing bathroom tiles, is high art. For another take on motherhood and work, try Brenda Hillman’s “Time Problem” from Loose Sugar (1997).
Olsen, Tillie. (1961). I Stand Here Ironing. In Tell Me a Riddle. New York, NY: Lippincott.
A short story told from the perspective of a working class woman struggling to raise her children and regretful of the things she was unable to provide her oldest daughter.
Woolf, Virginia. (1929). A Room of One’s Own. London, UK: Hogarth Press.
Woolf advocates £500 a year and room of one’s own (with a lock) for women to achieve independence.
Black, Stephanie. (Producer & Director.) (2001). Life and Debt. United States: Tough Gong Pictures. (1 hr 26 min)
Documentary examining social and economic conditions in Jamaica as a result of International Monetary Fund and World Bank structural adjustment programs that left its people deeply impoverished and the country saddled with $4.6 billion in debt.
Price, Vivian. (Producer & Director.) (2000). Hammering It Out: Women in the Construction Zone. United States.
Documentary about the experiences of women in the building trades including hundreds of women trained to work in a billion-dollar freeway project in Los Angeles, the result of a community-initiated lawsuit.
Zeig, Sande. (2011). Apache 8.
The story of the all-female Apache 8 firefighters who became known as some of the country’s most elite firefighters.