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Ellen Bravo has been fighting sexism for most of her life, so she knows a thing or two about “taking on the big boys” (also the title of her pioneering guide to fighting everyday patriarchy). She sat down with Belabored this week to drop some knowledge about new challenges and milestones in the movement for gender justice; raising consciousness about social justice feminism in debates on and labor policy; and the fact that, while we’re talking more these days about women “breaking the glass ceiling” and “having it all,” the basic, structural struggles for women’s economic empowerment are still far from over.
We also discuss the port truck drivers’ latest labor action, a sherpa uprising in the Mount Everest tourism industry, New York City cabbies’ fight for health and disability insurance, and the struggles of workers in the banking sector. We end with a nod to some critical reading on racial divides in public schools and basketball arenas.
Conversation with Ellen Bravo
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Trymaine Lee, “Separate and unequal: The charter school pedestal the public can’t reach,” MSNBC.com
Sarah: Mychal Denzel Smith, “Donald Sterling’s Impolite Racism,” The Nation
Correction: The news segment of the podcast incorrectly states that a New York state appeals court struck down the health and disability fund of the Taxi Workers Alliance; in fact it was the state Supreme Court that issued the decision.
The audio for this podcast has been updated.