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Women's labor has been purposely artificially cheapened or valued at zero by the managerial/capitalist class for a few reasons, and the #FreedomDividend undercuts all of them from several angles while also laying the groundwork for a kinder society (thread).
1) If women stay home, they provide the material foundation from which workers emerge. That "free" female labor allows the employer to outsource the cost of raising and feeding and supporting laborers.
2) Employers have no incentive to let go of the social illusion that women's pay is "supplementary" to men's (whether the woman in question is married to a working spouse or not). Hiring women and paying them less gives employers more bargaining power vis-a-vis male employees.
2A) The above is, of course, an excellent divide-and-conquer tactic that leads to strife between men and women on more fronts than I can count.
3) It feeds into the illusion that the "market" is meritocratic and universalist while it actually benefits from and reinforces societal misogyny by valuing women less than men in financial terms, which encourages society to devalue us, which further cheapens our labor.
4) Feminists have been making the argument for decades that women's unpaid household/reproductive work allows capitalism to extract value from workers' labor without assigning any value whatsoever to the labor that produces those workers and holds society together at seams.
5) There have been countless feminist "wages for housework" campaigns over the decades that sought to redress the valuation of reproductive labor at zero.
(I strongly recommend the Immanuel Wallerstein essay "The Ideological Tensions of Capitalism: Universalism Versus Racism and Sexism" and the (short) book Revolution at Point Zero by Silvia Federicci.)
6) Decoupling carework from the devaluing/misogynistic label of "women's work" would help to both undermine the misogyny that allows all women's labor (in the home and outside of it) to be devalued and free men to participate in carework in the home or as a career without stigma.
The #FreedomDividend is the foundation upon which a new era of gender relations, a reevaluation of what we assign "value" to as a society, and a more empathetic culture can be built, but it's up to us to #securethebag and use it wisely.


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