'And Ain't I a Woman?': Feminism, Immigrant Caregivers, and New Frontiers for Equality

48 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2015 Last revised: 31 Dec 2019

Date Written: 2016


This Article is the first in legal literature to identify the connections between carceral feminism in immigration reform policy, neoliberalism, and social reproduction. Part I draws from a body of feminist political and social science theories regarding social reproduction to assess the situation of immigrant domestic workers and their recent efforts to claim inclusion in workplace laws and protections. It locates the increasingly carceral dynamics that are expressed in the law and in state infrastructure that continually undermine immigrant women’s economic and social stability. Part II examines the importance of immigrant women workers in the United States and their disproportionate share in the “feminization” of low-wage work at a time when society’s critical social-reproductive work has been shifted to them. Part III analyzes the groundbreaking organizing of immigrant and minority caregivers nationwide, which is but one component of the effort required to challenge the increasingly harsh policies targeting immigrants.

Keywords: feminist legal theory, immigration, comprehensive immigration reform, employment law, social reproduction theory, home health workers, Home Care Association of America v. Weil

Suggested Citation

Lin, Shirley, 'And Ain't I a Woman?': Feminism, Immigrant Caregivers, and New Frontiers for Equality (2016). 39 Harv. J. of L. & Gender 67 (Winter 2016), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2575467

Shirley Lin (Contact Author)

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