Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown is a National Women’s Liberation organizer and former editor of Labor Notes. She was a leader in the grassroots campaign to have morning-after pill contraception available over the counter in the U.S. and was a plaintiff in the winning lawsuit. In addition to Labor Notes, her work has appeared in Jacobin, Huffington Post, and Alternet, and she is coauthor of the Redstockings book Women’s Liberation and National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America. She is the author of Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now.

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Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work

Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work

SKU: 9781629636382
Author: Jenny Brown
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629636382
Published: 3/2019
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 240
Subjects: Feminist Studies/Labor Studies



Praise

“Jenny Brown compellingly explains the low U.S. birth rate: those primarily responsible for the labor of bearing and raising children (women) are responding as one should to lousy working conditions—by going on strike! Brown’s bold and brilliant book ventures into terrain that left and feminist thinkers have avoided for far too long. A breathtakingly accessible analysis, supported by riveting and intimate testimonials, it’s also an inspiring call to action.”
—Liza Featherstone, The Nation

Birth Strike is a well-researched and wide-ranging analysis of how the public responsibilities of pregnancy and parenting have been privatized to benefit a capitalist for-profit system designed to minimize labor costs to produce wealth for the few. Offers fresh insight into how women’s biological power may be harnessed to resist reproductive oppression.”
—Loretta J. Ross, author of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and editor of Radical Reproductive Justice

“An audacious analysis of the falling U.S. birth rate; of the exploitive, often untenable conditions for raising children here and now; and of what might be done to change things. Feminist insight illuminates every chapter of this thoughtful book.”
—Alix Kates Shulman, author of Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen and A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing

“An astute analysis of power relations not only in the sphere of reproduction but also in the worlds of work, immigration, and government policy as they bear on women’s ability to control their bodies. She illuminates the historical context of the writings of Marx and Malthus, the crusades of Comstock, and recurring elite pleas for women to supply more workers and soldiers. Brown lays bare why U.S. women who want to be mothers, and those who don’t, have it far worse here than in Europe. Then she tells us how to change that.”
—Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes

“This book lays bare how U.S. politics around race and immigration are closely connected to the struggle for reproductive freedom, both in the past and today. You will never think about reproductive rights in the same way again.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Americaand How to Be an Antiracist.

“Jenny Brown reveals to us how and why reactionary ruling interests in the United States support heavy birth rates and oppose both abortion and birth control. Also given is a good report of various other countries and their prevailing interests. In all, an excellent read!”
—Michael Parenti, author of The Culture Struggle, Democracy for the Few, and Against Empire

“Why are we still struggling for childcare and paid leave in the U.S.? Basic rights to birth control and abortion? In Birth Strike, Jenny Brown exposes the economic interests at play and shows the mighty power of women to change the game.”
—Lise Vogel, author of Marxism and the Oppression of Women

“Jenny Brown provides a compelling case that the battle over abortion and birth control is not just a religious or cultural difference of opinion. Rather, within these battles are deeper debates over the control of human labor. Capitalism cannot exist without labor, and employers have a strong interest in ensuring a steady supply. The more women can control their own bodies, the less power capitalists have over social reproduction. Filled with fascinating history and contemporary analysis, this book illuminates how women’s liberation is in fundamental conflict with capitalism. Read this book to learn how women must take their political struggle beyond what are often narrowly misunderstood as ‘women’s issues.’”
—Stephanie Luce, professor of labor studies and sociology, City University of New York, author of Fighting for a Living Wageand Labor Movements: Global Perspectives

Birth Strike is an important contribution to the subject of women and our reproductive rights. Unlike much of the literature on contraception and abortion, Jenny Brown situates her analysis within the larger economic context of both labor and human rights.”
—Ti-Grace Atkinson, author of Amazon Odyssey and founder of The Feminists

 “Jenny Brown’s rational and forthright answer to what the abortion struggles are about will surprise American women on both sides of the issue. Hint: it’s not religion or politics.”
—Peggy Dobbins, author of From Kin to Class, WITCH founder

“Jenny Brown’s book Birth Strike is a game-changer and is equal in significance to Betty’s Friedan’s Feminine Mystique in the 1960’s, which sparked a movement.”
—Carol Downer, Feminist Women’s Health Centers founder and author of A Woman’s Book of Choices

 “A few years ago, statisticians discovered that the birth rate . . . in the U.S. had hit an all-time low. . . . In her provocative book Birth Strike . . . Brown jumps off from this evidence to discuss the history of birth control and right to secure a legal abortion in the face of the ruling class of men who traditionally have dictated the rules of women’s reproductive labor. This book is worth reading.”
—Susan Brownmiller, author of In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution


Book Events

december, 2019

06dec7:00 pm9:00 pmJenny Brown (Birth Strike) @ East Bay Booksellers in Oakland, CAAuthor Events:Dani Burlison,Jenny Brown,Silvia Federici

08decAll DayPM Press @ Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco, CAAuthor Events:Dan Arel,Dani Burlison,Eric Drooker,George Caffentzis,Immanuel Ness,Jenny Brown,John Mink,Mat Callahan,Silvia Federici,Vyvian Raoul

09dec7:00 pm9:00 pmSilvia Federici, Jenny Brown, and Dani Burlison @ Moe's Books in Berkeley, CAAuthor Events:Dani Burlison,Jenny Brown,Silvia Federici


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