Neo-colonial fingerprints of women at the rims of higher education

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Today's domestic work is as stratified as the names presently assigned it, those evident from this research include babysitter, nanny, childcare provider, childcare giver, au pair, housekeeper, household help, and shadow mother. The women--and occasional man--who work in this field in the U.S. originate from all countries but currently predominantly from the Caribbean and Philippines. Whether they reside legally or illegally in the U.S., until 2010, all New York domestic workers labored without the protection of the law because this work has been regarded as unskilled; hence, those in this field have worked at risk of their health, holistically and naturally, suffering the most abuse emotionally, verbally, and in the worst cases, physically. Consequently, they cannot even begin to identify with the Ivy-league women of Anne-Marie Slaughter's article in July/August 2012 of The Atlantic, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," which provoked an international response. The majority of domestic workers who labor at the bottom of the social stratum, unlike Slaughter, cannot anticipate any respite from their drudgery and abuses. Too many are similar to Valdi, the protagonist of Nandi's (1) 2009 novel, The True Nanny Diaries: A Novel. Nandi's work portrays four women--two legal and two illegal--who have tried to escape domestic work because this type of work was not their choice. They, in turn, stand in stark contrast to some women who in real life choose to be professional nannies.








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