Join Cait Johnson and Ruby Alexander for a stimulating discussion on the relations between capitalism, women and wage labour.

Why do we value some forms of work more than others? Why do we expect women to do certain kinds of work and not men? Over centuries, women’s work has been naturalised and erased. We have been underpaid, unpaid and left in deficit. How does the degradation of women and feminised labour tie into capitalism? What are social reproduction and primitive accumulation? How can these categories be used to liberate us from the female subordination asserted and maintained by capitalist patriarchy?

In this session we will be looking at colonisation in Aotearoa and the witch hunts in Europe to understand how work came to be hierarchical and divided. We will be discussing social reproduction to reveal the exploitative relation between capitalism, women and work today. In this space everyone will be able to share their personal experiences so we can learn from and support each other.

Kai will be provided.


  • Free


  • Wed 29 May


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • Level 4, The Kenneth Myers Centre
  • 74 Shortland St
  • Auckland, 1010