In the Kitchens of the Metropolis: An Interview with Silvia Federici

Feminist, professor, and writer Silvia Federici on the theoretical underpinnings and tactical strategy of the Wages for Housework campaign, how it challenged other movements on the Left, and the importance of making demands that give us more terrain from which to struggle. “Reflecting on the unpaid labor of women was like a window onto the nature of capitalism,” Silvia Federici explained. “I saw that devaluing the reproduction of human life was a central pillar of capitalism, one of the main engines of the accumulation process. So not only was it an entry point to change the situation of women, but also to understand capitalism in a different way.”