Gender and globalization: female labor and women ’s mobilization

Gender and globalization: female labor and women ’s mobilization

Globalisation has had contradictory effects on women workers and on women's activism

This paper casts a gender perspective on globalization to illuminate the contradictory effects on women workers and on women ’s activism.The paper begins by examining the various dimensions of globalization (economic,political,and cultural) with a focus on their contradictory social-gender effects. These include:

  • inequalities in the global economy
  • the continued hegemony of the core
  • the feminization of labor
  • the withering away of the developmentalist/welfarist state
  • the rise of identity politics and other forms of particularism
  • the spread of concepts of human rights and women ’s rights
  • the proliferation of women ’s organizations and transnational feminist networks

The author concludes that although globalization has had dire economic effects, the process has created a new constituency (working women and organizing women) who may herald potent anti-systemic movement. [author]

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