Grandin - Maids in the Foreground

Grandin - Maids in the Foreground - Andrew Grandin October...

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Andrew Grandin October 25, 2007 EN11 Maids in the Foreground The demand for nannies and maids in the United States will continue increasing due to the economic strains on American households; mothers have been doing less housework and entering into corporate careers. Before the feminist revolution and the rise of the two-income family a woman in 1965 worked, on average, 30 hours per week (Ehrenreich 89). The same study was conducted in 1995 and it concluded that woman worked, on average, 17.5 hours per week (Ehrenreich 89). The women have moved to paid work. The proportion of woman in paid work has risen dramatically from 15 percent in 1950 to 65 percent today (Hochschild 535). The decrease of household work has been picked up by Third World woman in search of a relative decent paying job. In the short time span between 1995 and 1999 Mediamark Research reported a 53 percent increase in the number of households hiring a maid service once a month or more (Ehrenreich 90). From Mexico alone the percentage of females leaving and coming to the States has risen form 11 percent during 1959-1965 to 28 percent in 1990-1995 (Cerrutti 187). Third World countries are continually become poorer thus the woman will continue to migrate to find jobs as maids. In 1950 the ratio of rich to poor world per capita income was 20/1 it has steadily become worse and now stands at 70/1 (Trainer). The 1996 United Nations Human Development Report stated that the poorest one-third of the world’s people are getting poorer (Trainer). This is because the global economy is a market economy, which means those who put the most money in get the most money out (Trainer). In other words the richer get richer. Power comes with wealth and enables wealthier entrepreneurs to extract resources from poorer countries who have cheap labor. Third World countries work for cheap labor to export resources to rich countries only to
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