Global Woman

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Global Woman

Hochschild and Ehrenreich highlight the accounts of transition of the traditional woman to a modern or global woman. The global woman as provided in the article is highly independent and self-sufficient and does not need a man to meet her material needs. They provide general accounts of immigrant women moving from third world countries into the developed world highlighting the motivations of such women towards leaving their families. In addition, the article notes that women in the developed world have absconded or do not have the ability to undertake chores in their homes, chores that were traditionally taken up by women. In essence, globalization has molded the global woman; a woman who is highly independent and not dependent on a man to provide for the family or meeting her financial and material needs.

From the introduction, we understand that the global woman has been evolving over time aided by globalization. She is highly influenced by the western culture of individuality, which largely influences her independent nature. Her motivation is driven by the need to ensure that she meets the material needs of her family at the expense of providing and meeting the emotional needs of her family. From the introduction it is immediately evident of the outlines of the project, the respective patterns and rhythms used towards interpretation of globalization and the modern woman or what the authors term as the ‘global woman’.

The patterns used towards highlighting issues such as manipulation of labor and the evolving role of women in western countries. The authors provide an example of an immigrant nanny who comes to Athens in search of employment to cater the needs of her family as poverty is rampant in her country and home. The authors highlight the degrading experiences that immigrants undergo in foreign countries, especially women drawn from third world countries working in developed nations. They assume substitute positions to wives in developed countries and undertake activities such as taking of the home, providing sex to the husbands, cleaning and taking care of children and all other roles that are traditionally assumed by a wife. Others experience worse conditions such as working without pay, limitations of freedom and rape.

Such accounts indicate an emotional approach that has been assumed by the authors as they seek to highlight the evolution of women in third world countries and women in developed countries. The story makes a mark on a reader as it assumes an emotional perspective towards highlighting the degrading activities that immigrant women in developed countries are subjected to by their employers. On the other hand, it is notable that in the process of working in developed countries they are able to gain a form of liberation and independence from the dependence on men to provide for their families and meeting their material needs.

The same women have families of their own and have in one sense or another abandoned their families in pursuit of independence towards providing for their families. However, they work towards ensuring that their families’ needs are met adequately. Poverty moves immigrant women into developed nations given that they are driven by the need to ensure that they families are provided with all material needs despite such occurring at the expense of providing emotionally to their families.

In conclusion, globalization of the roles traditionally assumed by women has resulted in significant challenges on issues such as gender equality and economic equality. Labor is moved from third world nations which means that third world countries are deprived an important factor of production. In addition, globalization has contributed greatly to the widening of rifts between the developed nations and third world countries given that both men and women in developed countries contribute towards economic growth of their respective economies at the expense of developed countries that are deprived off cheap labor in the form of immigrant women. Both immigrant women and women in developed countries have similarities in that they are driven by the need to ensure that their families have their material needs met all at the expense of their material needs.

 

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