Many women need to work (and other obvious truths)

This is an excellent Broadsheet post.

The New York Times and New York magazine seem to be in an arms race to see who can produce the most stories about laid-off investment bankers (often with retro gender caricatures about the emasculating effects of childcare and the requisite high-maintenance trophy wives). “When hourly wage-earning workers enter these stories,” writes Boushey, it’s usually as ‘perks’ that wealthier families have had to give up — the nanny, the gardener, the nail technician — not as people struggling just to make it through the financial crunch.”…

The relentless focus on professional women’s “choice” in work over the past decade has fed the myth that working for pay is somehow more of an optional exercise in self-actualization than what the vast majority of adults must do to quite literally feed and shelter themselves and their families.

The post at Broadsheet notes, though, that at least some articles are starting to break from this mold. (And it gives lots of links, which I haven’t yet had a chance to read.)

This series of articles not only rightly insists that we focus our attention on the women who need it most, but also offers well-researched, concrete suggestions that can help get us there. Let’s hope it’s part of a new trend.

Thanks, Jender-Parents!

SWIP UK panel at Joint Sessions

SWIP UK will be hosting a panel session of papers devoted to topics in any
area of interest to women in philosophy, at the Joint Sessions of the
Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, at University of East Anglia,
July 10th-12th.

Please find below details of the programme. There will also be a SWIP UK
meeting, at which more information about the activities of SWIP UK will be
available, on Sunday 12th, 13.00-14.00.

SWIP UK panel session at the Joint Sessions, 2009
Sunday 12th July, 14.00-16.00

Dr Sandrine Berges
University of Bilkent (Turkey)
‘Why women hug their chains: Wollstonecraft and adaptive preferences’

Kathy Butterworth
University of Kent
‘The Possibility of a Decentred Autonomous Subject’

Dr Mari Mikkola
University of Lancaster
‘Illocution, Silencing & the Act of Refusal’

Dr Steinvör Arnadottir
‘A Response to the Corpse Problem’

For further information, please contact Dawn Phillips, at or Jules Holroyd at

SWIP UK Webpage:
This panel is part of the Joint Sessions: registration for the Joint
Sessions as usual is required. See