There were lots of great pieces published this week about Ben Carson and whether slaves are immigrants (no), but we bet you’ve seen some of those already, so instead, here’s something a little different.
March 8th is International Women’s Day and this year it was also Day Without A Woman. One goal of the organizers was to highlight the labor done by women that is often unpaid and not really recognized as labor until it’s absent. This examination of a 17th century case of sheep-napping is a fascinating look at what historians call the “household economy,” and a good reminder that women didn’t “start” being economically productive in the 1970s.
This piece on the activist Margaret Hinchey also emphasizes the way that immigrant rights, labor rights, and women’s rights have always been connected in America. Hinchey’s question to American men – “Isn’t your sister and your daughter and your wife a person?” – is the same question at the core of Day Without A Woman.