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By Hester Eisenstein

In a pioneering reinterpretation of the function of mainstream feminism, Eisenstein exhibits how the world’s ruling elites make the most of women’s hard work and the information of women’s liberation and empowerment to keep up their financial and political strength, either at domestic and in a foreign country. Her explorations diversity from the abolition of “welfare as we all know it” within the usa to the construction of export-processing zones within the international South that rely on women’s “nimble fingers”; from the championing of microcredit as a route to women’s empowerment within the worldwide South to the declare of women’s presumed liberation within the West as an ideological weapon within the battle on terrorism. Eisenstein demanding situations activists and intellectuals to acknowledge that foreign feminism is at a fateful crossroads. She argues that it is important for feminists to throw of their lot with the innovative forces which are looking possible choices to globalized company capitalism.

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Abdel Nasser of Egypt founded the Non-Aligned Move­ ment. Although divided ideologically, these nations all sought to make their own decisions about the path to development and modernity. T he ideological rivalries of the cold war gave T hird World countries considerable room for maneuver, as the United States and the USSR competed to provide development assistance. Despite its free-market rhetoric, the United States supported state-led development for its allies : Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Unions were perceived by management as a drag on profitability, and the Reagan years inaugurated a period of severe attacks on labor organizing that has continued to the present day. ) In addition, new models of employment were being developed that were to replace the traditional expectations of permanent well-paid employment with a workforce heavily based on contingent, low-wage labor. The pioneer in this area was the fast-food industry, where the ideal employee was young and replaceable, and where training was minimal, as was the expectation of promotion into man­ agement.

Hous­ ing spending soared, meeting the needs of millions of returning soldiers and their families. Many (mostly white) families moved to the new suburbs like Levittown in Long Island, supported by the creation of Fannie Mae, which offered low-cost mortgages. I. Bill, which paid for college education for veterans; the national interstate highway system; schools; and utilities. Meanwhile, high levels of military spend­ ing resumed with the outbreak of the Korean "conflict" (1950-1953) and then the war in V ietnam (1965-1973) (Tanzer 1995).

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