The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world BECAUSE it doesn’t have paid family leave.

In other words, our position as one of the, if not the, wealthiest and most powerful nation on the planet intrinsically depends on our ability to extract maximum value while externalizing as many costs as possible. I don’t just mean costs like labor or the types of programs that support laborers, but also environmental and humanitarian costs.

In other words, we’re not a wealthy nation with a housing crisis, we’re a wealthy nation because of our housing crisis.

Just like Uber depends on drivers who pay for their own vehicles, gas, and repairs, to prop up a (still unprofitable!) business model, the US economy relies on women and people of color to take on the brunt of reproductive labor, unpaid and unsupported.”

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