Putting History in Domestic Workers’ Hands: A Community-Based Digital Humanities Project

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Radical History Review: The Abusable Past


For the last four years we have collaborated with the domestic workers movement (nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers) to give workers greater access to their own histories and cultures of resistance. Our work together began at the Gloria Steinem and Wilma Mankiller School for Organizers, held at Smith College in the Summer of 2015. The school brought organizers, activists, and academics together to consider how history and archives can become more powerful organizing tools for the contemporary feminist movement. We learned how economic justice, reproductive justice, and indigenous sovereignty movements are currently engaging with and documenting history, and how we might collaborate to generate even greater historical knowledge to strengthen contemporary campaigns.


To see the project, "A History of Domestic Work and Worker Organizing" go to: https://scholarworks.smith.edu/hst_facpubs/11