After the bank bailouts in 2008, the next stage in the government’s response was to cut spending on public services and lump even greater responsibilities onto private households. The end result was a huge rise in informal and unpaid labor carried out by women — and faced with the current shutdown, the losers from the last crisis are being punished even further.
Catarina Príncipe is a social movement activist from Portugal. She is a member of Bloco de Esquerda and a contributing editor at Jacobin. She is the coeditor of Europe in Revolt.
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