As Nancy Folbre, an economist and editor of “For Love and Money: Care Provision in the United States,” told Salon last year, “Once upon a time, we lived in a world where men engaged in paid work and women stayed home and took care of the children, the elderly, the sick, and the disabled.” That’s not the world we live in now: Even in households with more than one adult, some form of paid work is rarely a “choice,” and someone still has to do the care work, usually on top of everything else. That someone is usually a woman, which is why state and city-level policies for paid sick days and family leave — the bare minimum of flexibility — are feminist issues.
From Irin Carmon in Salon, and that article is one of the best, in my opinion, on the significance of Marissa Mayer announcing that Yahoo! is getting rid of ‘work from home’ entitlements for their employees. I talk a lot on this blog (and in published articles) about the difficulties of balancing work and family because I consider it a core feminist issue. And as you may have noticed, I also love Nancy Folbre’s work. You can’t go wrong with a feminist economist.