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Week 3 Learning Summary

What we have looked at in week 3
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Well done for finishing Week 3 of the course!

We hope you have enjoyed learning about the complex and enmeshed histories of work and care in the modern world. It’s a good idea to take a moment to reflect on what you have learnt.

This week you have:

  • Looked at the ways in which the modern world had been marked by gendered distinctions between work and care – paid and unpaid, formal and informal, valued and undervalued.
  • Become familiar with varying feminist ideas about work and care and engaged with the ‘Wages for Housework’ debate.
  • Explored the gender pay gap and historical protests for equal pay and fair recognition of women’s unpaid labour.
  • Discovered the working lives of women and the gendering of care provision and compensation in early modern patriarchal societies.
  • Learnt about the gendered and social implications of deindustrialisation. Explored how material culture can reveal overlooked aspects of gender relations in the home and at work.


How have you found this week? Did you find anything particularly interesting or surprising?

What are you looking forward to learning next week?

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