Jan. 23, 2019

Beth English, Director of LISD's Project on Gender in the Global Community, is co-editor of the new book, Global Women's Work: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy, published by Routledge in December 2018. Co-edited with Mary E. Frederickson (Emory University) and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama (University of Cincinnati), the edited volume is part of Routledge's IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics Series.

The book grew out of a two-day workshop convened at Princeton University in fall 2014 by LISD's Project on Gender in the Global Community. The workshop brought together 20 scholars from more than a dozen countries to consider how to broaden the scope of individual research related to gender and work through comparative analysis and collective scholarship. At the workshop each participant presented on their individual research from a national perspective and then worked with others to compare and contrast the experiences of women across the globe, with an emphasis on the dynamic years following the post-2007 economic downturn. Gradually, as the group shared ideas and areas of expertise, national specificities gave way to global commonalities. Global Women’s Work is the collaborative product of this group of international scholars.

Through uniquely interdisciplinary and comparative analysis, this volume considers how women are shaping the global economic landscape through their labor, activism, and multiple discourses about work. Bringing together a group of leading international scholars, the book offers a gendered examination of work in the global economy and analyses the effects of the 2008 downturn on women’s labor force participation and workplace activism. The book addresses three key themes: exploitation versus opportunity; women’s agency within the context of changing economic options; and women’s negotiations and renegotiations of unpaid social reproductive labor. 

"This compelling collection explores how social provisioning processes have been affected by changes in the political economy following global financial crisis, especially tensions between the feminization of labor under neoliberalism and socially conservative authoritarian nationalism," notes Professor Ellen Mutari, Professor of Economics at Stockton University, about the book. "Engrossing accounts of women’s collective agency in negotiating this new terrain will be relevant for scholars and students across many disciplines." 

About the Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics Series

The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) aims to increase the visibility and range of economic research on gender; facilitate communication among scholars, policymakers, and activists concerned with women's wellbeing and empowerment; promote discussions among policy makers about interventions which serve women's needs; educate economists, policymakers, and the general public about feminist perspectives on economic issues; foster feminist evaluations of economics as a discipline; expose the gender blindness characteristic of much social science and the ways in which this impoverishes all research - even research that does not explicitly concern women’s issues; help expand opportunities for women, especially women from underrepresented groups, within economics; and, encourage the inclusion of feminist perspectives in the teaching of economics. 

The IAFFE book series pursues the aims of the organization by providing a forum in which scholars have space to develop their ideas at length and in detail. The series exemplifies the value of feminist research and the high standard of IAFFE-sponsored scholarship.

About the Editors

Beth English is Director of the Project on Gender in the Global Community at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Mary E. Frederickson is a Visiting Professor at Emory University in the Rollins School of Public Health, and Professor of History Emerita at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where she taught from 1988 to 2015.

Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Director of the Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies Program and the Social Justice Certificate at the University of Cincinnati.