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Why mothering is 'Essential Labor' with Angela Garbes

On the left is a photo of Angela Garbes and on the right is a photo of the cover of Angela Garbes' book 'Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change'
Photo of Angela Garbes by Elizabeth Rudge
Angela Garbes is the author of 'Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change'

This hour on Disrupted, we're challenging long-held assumptions about parents and caregivers. First, Angela Garbes, author of Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, explains how care workers are undervalued. She touches on the way the early days of the pandemic spotlighted issues in caregiving and why the legacy of American colonialism in the Philippines influenced both her family history and the disproportionate number of Filipinx nurses who died from COVID. Then, UConn professor Kari Adamsons talks about her research on fathers and the problem with the way many people think about "traditional families."

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