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The Feminization of Austerity

The Feminization of Austerity The AssA ul T from The righT By mimi Abramovitz The Feminiza Tnio o F a us TeriT y 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, anunio d ns. 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 variously referred to as Reaganomics, supply- women of color—the people who comprise side economics, or neoliberalism. Designed the majority of public sector program users, to redistribute income upwards and shrink workers, and union members. This is largely the state, the now familiar tactics include: a result of the gender division of labor tha rt educing taxes paid by corporations and still assigns most “care work” to women, wealthy individuals, and otherwise eviscerating including the type of care work that remain ts he progressivity of the tax code; slashing the embedded in many public sector jobs. budgets of public programs that served—and, at times, emboldened—the poor and the working class; shifting government http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

The Feminization of Austerity

New Labor Forum , Volume 21 (1): 10 – Feb 1, 2012

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SAGE
Copyright
© 2012 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
ISSN
1095-7960
eISSN
1557-2978
DOI
10.4179/NLF.211.0000006
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Abstract

The AssA ul T from The righT By mimi Abramovitz The Feminiza Tnio o F a us TeriT y 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, anunio d ns. 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 variously referred to as Reaganomics, supply- women of color—the people who comprise side economics, or neoliberalism. Designed the majority of public sector program users, to redistribute income upwards and shrink workers, and union members. This is largely the state, the now familiar tactics include: a result of the gender division of labor tha rt educing taxes paid by corporations and still assigns most “care work” to women, wealthy individuals, and otherwise eviscerating including the type of care work that remain ts he progressivity of the tax code; slashing the embedded in many public sector jobs. budgets of public programs that served—and, at times, emboldened—the poor and the working class; shifting government

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New Labor ForumSAGE

Published: Feb 1, 2012

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