Third Place Books Seward Park Rainier Valley
Wed Aug 22, 7 pm
Recommended by Rich Smith
In order to work at maximum proficiency at your demanding tech job for 13 hours per day, you need to have your house in order. Food must be cooked, dishes must be done, children must be cared for, miles must be run, etc., all so you can adequately reproduce your beautiful shining body for work the next day. Though companies expect you to do all the work required to be a functioning and healthy person, they don’t pay you for that work. And yet, without it, they would crumble. In her new ethnography of Indian IT migrants, Amy Bhatt, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Maryland, highlights this unpaid and unacknowledged domestic work undergirding the transnational tech world. Bhatt also shows how—surprise, surprise—a lot of the women providing this unpaid labor are just as qualified to work in professional fields as their husbands.