It says that a child "should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding," and "not be separated from his or her parents against their will At the moment this shield is not protecting the Bautista family from those human costs.
Behind the glorious image of the have-it-all woman in the Armani suit, with a Gucci briefcase on one arm and a baby tucked under the other, too often lies a tale of the oppression of another woman. Domestic servitude has only been escaped by passing it down to another cadre of oppressed women.
Battalions of low-paid women - in America most of them foreign - have taken up the domestic duties, along with the dirty washing, discarded by professional women who have fled the home.
Liberation for high-fliers breaking through glass ceilings is only possible because of a flotilla of unseen, unheard women who care for their children, clean their homes and cook their meals while they live liberated like men.
This is a book to tear at the heart and wrench with guilt many women who already feel they are juggling their lives on a knife-edge. Their own deep anxieties about their children and their high-pressured lives are all too often passed on to the women who work for them, making them exceptionally bad employers.
In America this is a story of the mass importation of a precious new raw material - care and love - from the third world. Take one typical case: Rowena Bautista left a village in the Philippines to work as a domestic in Washington DC - one of aboutlegal household workers plus armies of illegals.
In her basement room she has photos of four children, two of her own whom she has left behind and two of her American charges to whom she has to some extent transferred her love and care.
She left her own children in the care of their grandmother five years ago when the youngest, Clinton, was only three: In her turn, that woman leaves her own child in the care of a very elderly grandmother.
Rowena calls the American child she tends "my baby". A series of essays edited by two of the great American writers on work, it exposes a deeply shocking underworld of globally exploited women. This is one of those moments when things that are known but unspoken are dragged out into the light of day.
Their love is bought, they give everything to their charges and yet they are often sacked on a whim, never to see their child charges again. Imported cleaners, cooks, old-age carers, nannies and housemaids are joined by mail-order brides for men who like the submissive "old-fashioned" values from the east.
And there are the sex-workers and sex-slaves, some who knew what they were in for, others who were tricked or kidnapped. Horror stories abound, including child sex tourism.
Countries such as the Philippines have become economically dependent on the remittances women domestic workers send home. They may leave behind men whose skills are in less demand in the west: This is a most brutal example of the force of globalisation, draining even love away from poor countries.
It is the final depredation, exploiting the last resources the third world has left to sell - motherhood and sex. Since this is an American book, I checked the official number of domestic workers in Britain: There have been enough cases of diplomats bringing in visa-slaves as domestics to make it clear that many of the same abuses happen here.
In the UK the social injustice is mainly indigenous: Well-paid nannies are confined to the topmost echelons.
What is to be done? Here, recalling that starvation drudgery, she offers a ferociously forensic dissection of everything wrong with a corrupted capitalism that has led to this exploitation of third-world women.
Hers is a devastating feminist critique, almost as savage about high-earning women who pass on their domestic duties as she is about the sexist world in which all domestic work is consigned to women in the first place. In the "chore wars" of s feminism, she says, men won.
They took on almost no extra housework or childcare. Marriage-guidance counsellors now recommend them as an alternative to squabbling. In the US, this is a race as well as a class issue: She twists the knife in overprivileged women who have "something better" to do with their time in a society where the rich get richer and the poor poorer.
In the US, state provision is not even worth talking about. Unregulated, out-of-control capitalism creates a long-hours culture in which women cannot compete and still be mothers.
Above all, the fault is with men who still refuse to take an equal share in everything domestic - thinking, planning and doing. If they did, the nature of work would change. Feminism always was a revolutionary project, and Ehrenreich bemoans a project left uncompleted: Life in Low-Pay Britain is published by Bloomsbury.The weightier essays are based on fieldwork, including extensive interviews with migrant domestic workers, and they tackle such issues as the pressures global capitalism puts on women and their families, the ways in which the migration of married women has altered relationships with the husbands and children left behind, and the unbalanced.
Global Women. Global Women In many countries it is the responsibility of a woman to carry out most tasks related to the care and nurturing of the family including cleaning, laundry, food preparation and care of the sick.
LibraryThing Review User Review - Meggo - LibraryThing. An interesting book based on a series of scholarly essays about women's conditions in the global economy - largely as international domestic help, but also as nannies and sex workers/5(2). Global Woman describes with firsthand insight the global patterns of relationships among people struggling to survive in the domestic service sector and in the illicit sex trade.
The editors are among several others who have authored essays within, including Cheever, Salazar Parrenas, Hondagneu-Sotelo, Rivas, Anderson, Constable, .
Global Women. Global Women In many countries it is the responsibility of a woman to carry out most tasks related to the care and nurturing of the family including cleaning, laundry, food preparation and care of . Global Women In many countries it is the responsibility of a woman to carry out most tasks related to the care and nurturing of the family including cleaning, laundry, food preparation and care of the sick.