Feminist Economics: how the man tries to keep us down

Feminist Economics: how the man tries to keep us down

by Sadie Sigford

Ever wondered why women statistically earn less than men, on average? Ever wondered where that started? Well, this cut and paste zine answers those questions and many more with stunning intensity. It’s actually the most interesting economics text I’ve ever read with such nuggets as “Neoclassical economics does one thing very well: it articulates the ideology of contemporary capitalism in a manner that makes it seem natural, inevitable, and beneficient.” Much discussion occurs about how the public takes the risks for private enterprises but doesn’t reap the benefits, how the neoliberal agenda only widens the wage gaps, and perspectives on household, national, and global economics. For example, if the original goals in 19th century Britain were to give women more time at home with unpaid labor, you’d think that they’d get paid more money but no, they got paid less. Some other fascinating questions introduced in this mind-blowingly amazing zine are “Can we assume that the benefits of trade and individual revolution affected most people’s lives for the better? Did specific populations disproportionately bear the costs of the revolutionary changes in economic relationships? Did the women of the bourgeoisie and the women of the working class have the same relationship to these costs and benefits? Did the people of the Western imperialist nations experience colonialism in the same way as people of Africa, Asia, and South America?” What’s most amazing about this zine is how academic it’s not! How did she do that?