Some Women Are More Invisible

Published on ZNet (first on teleSUR english), by Cynthia Peters, Dec 31, 2015.

There are two countries in the world that have no laws mandating paid maternity leave. One is Papua New Guinea. The other is the United States of America.

This was one of the points made by the U.N. Working Group on discrimination against women, which visited the U.S. recently and expressed shock at their findings. After politely acknowledging the U.S.’s commitment to liberty, the report went on to lambaste the government for failing women on many levels, including:  

  • the U.S. ranks 72nd globally in terms of women’s representation in the legislature.
  • working mothers account for two-thirds of household earnings, yet women earn 79 cents for every dollar that men earn.
  • women do the majority of the care-giving work, but many cannot access Family Medical Leave, and those who can, must take the leave without pay.
  • the rate of women’s poverty has increased from 12.1 percent to 14.5 percent, and poverty exposes women to more violence – through homelessness and pressure to stay with abusive partners.

As shocking as these statistics are, the situation is much worse for women of color and poor women. Within the United States, race- and class-based inequalities create countries within the country. Perhaps this is where the U.N. report is most helpful: it exposes the ways that demographics profoundly shape outcomes for women. It is a reminder for why it is essential to bring both a gender lens to our analysis of inequality in the U.S. and simultaneously a race and class lens … //

… The rich may hire nannies, but the task is so undervalued that they pay more to have their dog shampooed. They depend on their nannies (overwhelmingly women and women of color) to accept low pay and scant recognition even as they expect them to open their hearts to the babies in their care. We all know that practically pathological patience is essential to the care of our young, and that is impossible without love, the uncompensated heart-work that the whole society turns to women for, but refuses to recognize or pay us for.

The U.N. report summarizes its findings: “In global context, U.S. women do not take their rightful place as citizens.” Indeed, one of the significant structural impediments to women taking our rightful place as citizens is that much of the work we do is invisible. Wealthy women have the option to buy the supports they need, but that is not “taking a rightful place as a citizen.” Rather it is transferring the invisibility to someone else – not a just solution.

For the majority – women with fewer economic resources and women of color – reproductive work is punishable by increased poverty and even maternal mortality. It’s hard enough to take your rightful place as a citizen when you’re battling poverty. And it’s impossible when you’re dead.

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