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All You That LaborReligion and Ethics in the Living Wage Movement$
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C. Melissa Snarr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741122

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741122.001.0001

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“Your Daughters Will Prophesy”

“Your Daughters Will Prophesy”

Women’s Labor in the Movement

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All You That Labor

C. Melissa Snarr

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the contributions of feminist organizations to living wage activism and discusses their connections to religious activists. Partially motivated by the feminization of poverty, certain feminist foundations, organizations, and researchers provide important resources for the living wage movement. Women represent half of all the organizers and board members in religious organizing. This is important since women are generally underrepresented in political engagement, and these women provide crucial role models. However, this “feminization of organizing” can be a problem when women religious organizers lack the structural support (childcare, healthcare, retirement) necessary to sustain their positions. The chapter also considers the “sacrificial” demands of low-wage worker organizers and the support needed for women organizers.

Keywords:   feminist organizations, living wage activism, religious activists, poverty, women religious organizers, low-wage workers

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