Valuing the Work We Do: Black Women's Unpaid Labor with Dr. Nina Banks

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Every year women perform thousands of hours and trillions of dollars of unpaid work. You’ve likely heard of the invisible daily household work women perform, but what about unpaid community activism performed by Black and Brown women? Dr. Nina Banks, an associate professor of economics at Bucknell University, argues that this collective activism places additional burdens on women of color that often go unrecognized and uncompensated. Through recognizing how Black women challenge racial oppression in their communities, we can reconceptualize Black women’s labor and their impact on the economy.

Find links and show notes at https://breakconcrete.com/bc049.

Topics Covered:

  • How the lack of diverse economists impact theories around social outcomes
  • How Black economists contribute to the field
  • Understanding women’s invisible work
  • Acknowledging Black women’s hidden and unpaid work and why it has been overlooked
  • Examples of Black women’s unpaid work
  • Recognizing community activism as work
  • Dr. Banks’s research about the first African American economist, Sadie T.M. Alexander

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