Blog #5 Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy

Globalization has transformed work/family life for women in rich and poor countries. Women from poor countries are moving to rich ones, to work as nannies maids and sex workers. Many women in rich countries are succeeding in “male world” careers only by turning over care children, elderly parents and homes to women from the third world. These women typically lack help from male partners. Millions of women from poor countries in the south migrate to do the womens work of the north. This is work that affluent women are not able or willing to do. Migrant women often leave their own children back home, in care of grandmothers, sisters and sisters in law. The pattern of female migration reflects a worldwide gender revolution. In both rich and poor countries fewer families can rely solely on a male breadwinner. With this being said I was very moved by this information because I am currently taking a sociology of womens class and I have learned so much about women that I had a slight idea about but I have a deeper respect for women because of feminism and the things they did to be successful and gain respect from men and the society still. Its still more work to be done by females and female activist who take pride in these situations. To see the stigmas on females and how they were viewed in many eyes as jus the typical housewife and have to take orders from a man instead of having the same rights as a man does was quite interesting. Females for as long as I know thru friends as well as history go the extra mile just to be successful or make ends meet. They make tremendous sacrifices more than I ever think Ill ever make. They always find ways to be positive humbly and this section we study I found a strong attraction to the topic being that I was learning many concepts of feminism and some of the things women went through to get where they are today. I find it very attractive too that women did all and more even when it was going against the grain to make their voice be heard and gain attention just to have a equal opportunity to live life the same way men have. Life has always been about progress and over the course of this semester I have learned how much women have progressed only for the betterment of themselves individually and for their family.

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2 responses to “Blog #5 Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy

  1. This is a very interesting article. Currently i am taking an Africana Studies class, and due to the lack of resources and corruption in the government in a lot of countries, they are migrating to America.The population has problems and issues with women immigrant workers moving migrating because they are doing the exact same job as an American native, with the same efficiency, but at a cheaper price.

  2. Wow, I really enjoyed your post! I was first exposed to this reality of nannies coming from foreign countries in order to work as the main care takers of children of wealthy parents, after walking down Park Ave during the summer. It is interesting to think about the larger factors at play here: what are the larger structural policies in their home nations that force nannies from foreign nations to migrate to America? Is it possible for these nannies to receive the benefits that they require like health coverage and a living wage once they get here? One of the most troubling things that I read about was that many times the families that hire these nannies do not give them a wage, but rather pay for their food and allow the nanny to live with them. This is troubling for a woman coming to the states in hopes of making money to send to her children back in her own country. Can this arrangement be considered counter to feminism? In that the nanny arrangement only works to make the working American woman assert her space in the work force while the nanny is left to stay sheltered at home?

    Also, while the labor may be cheaper, it just reinforces the economic structure that works to exploit the people, so while it may seem revolutionary, is it really (in any context?)

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