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Women's Work: A personal reckoning with labour, motherhood, and privilege

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Author: Megan Stack
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BIC Subject: Gender studies: women
Published By: Scribe Publications
 
Published: 07-May-2019
Format: Paperback, 304 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781925849073
Stock Code: 5849073
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When Megan Stack left her prestigious job as a foreign correspondent to have a baby and to work from her home in Beijing writing a book, she quickly realised that childcare and housework would consume the time she needed to write. This dilemma was resolved in the manner of many upper-class families and large corporations- she availed herself of cheap Chinese labour. The housekeeper Stack hired was a migrant from the countryside, a mother who had left her daughter in a precarious situation to earn desperately needed cash in the capital. As Stack?s family grew, a series of Chinese and Indian women cooked, cleaned, and babysat in her home, and she grew increasingly aware of the brutal realities of their lives- domestic abuse, alcoholism, unplanned pregnancies, and medical and family crises. Hiring poor women had given Stack the ability to work while raising her children - but what ethical compromises had she made?Determined to confront the truth, Stack travelled to her employees? homes, met their parents and children, and turned a journalistic eye on the trade-offs they?d been forced to make as working mothers seeking upward mobility - and on the cost to the children who were left behind.Women?s Work is a stunning memoir of four women and an electrifying meditation on the evasions of marriage, motherhood, feminism, and privilege.When Megan Stack left her prestigious job as a foreign correspondent to have a baby and to work from her home in Beijing writing a book, she quickly realised that childcare and housework would consume the time she needed to write. This dilemma was resolved in the manner of many upper-class families and large corporations- she availed herself of cheap Chinese labour. The housekeeper Stack hired was a migrant from the countryside, a mother who had left her daughter in a precarious situation to earn desperately needed cash in the capital. As Stack?s family grew, a series of Chinese and Indian women cooked, cleaned, and babysat in her home, and she grew increasingly aware of the brutal realities of their lives- domestic abuse, alcoholism, unplanned pregnancies, and medical and family crises. Hiring poor women had given Stack the ability to work while raising her children - but what ethical compromises had she made?Determined to confront the truth, Stack travelled to her employees? homes, met their parents and children, and turned a journalistic eye on the trade-offs they?d been forced to make as working mothers seeking upward mobility - and on the cost to the children who were left behind.Women?s Work is a stunning memoir of four women and an electrifying meditation on the evasions of marriage, motherhood, feminism, and privilege.
Megan Stack is the author of Every Man in This Village Is a Liar, which was a finalist for America?s 2010 National Book Award and an Australian bestseller. She reported on war for the Los Angeles Times from 22 countries, and was most recently Moscow bureau chief. She was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.
 
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