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May 11, 2023

Author Angela Garbes joins the pod today to dive deep into her book “Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change” and discusses the economic, political and ideological systems that have shaped the way our society sees care work. She shares:

  • Why care work and mothering is so undervalued in American society.
  • How lack of compensation for care workers is a uniquely American problem.
  • Mothering as a verb instead of a noun
  • How the majority of Americans believe in more support for domestic workers/why our government does not represent us any longer.
  • How both the wealth of our country and our views on care workers comes from slavery. 
  • The surprising median wage that nannies in America make and why we need to look at our own biases when it comes to paying them.
  • Why being a care worker is life changing work.
  • Why mothering is the earliest public health intervention we could have.
  • How to remain hopeful when it comes to making changes to the system.
  • If she thinks we will ever see paid family leave in America and what we have to do to get there.

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