Women's work : a reckoning with home and help
Stack, Megan K., author.

Women's work : a reckoning with home and help

Stack, Megan K., author.


Physical Description
x, 336 pages ; 25 cm

When Megan Stack was living in Beijing, she left her prestigious job as a foreign correspondent to have her first child and work from home writing a book. She quickly realized that caring for a baby and keeping up with the housework while her husband went to the office each day was consuming the time she needed to write. This dilemma was resolved in the manner of many upper-class families and large corporations: she availed herself of cheap Chinese labor. The housekeeper Stack hired was a migrant from the countryside, a mother who had left her daughter in a precarious situation to earn desperately needed cash in the capital. As Stack's family grew and her husband's job took them to Dehli, a series of Chinese and Indian women cooked, cleaned, and babysat in her home. Stack grew increasingly aware of the brutal realities of their lives: domestic abuse, alcoholism, unplanned pregnancies. Hiring poor women had given her the ability to work while raising her children, but what ethical compromise had she made?

Personal Subject
Stack, Megan K.

Subject Term
Child care workers -- India.
Child care workers -- China.
Working mothers -- Biography.
Americans -- India -- Biography.
Americans -- China -- Biography.
Nannies -- India.
Nannies -- China.
Women household employees -- India.
Women household employees -- China.


Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice
New York : Doubleday, [2019]

Material TypeShelf NumberBarcodeStatus
BookSOCIETY GENDER 362.712 STAC32530608949507Adult Nonfiction Area