Selma James is an antisexist, antiracist campaigner. In 1972 she put forward Wages for Housework (WFH) as a demand and a political perspective that redefined the working class. The International WFH Campaign she founded coordinates the Global Women’s Strike. She coined the word “unwaged,” which incorporates all workers without wages. She co-authored the classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community and is the author of other pathbreaking writing.

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Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet

SKU: 9781629638386
Author: Selma James • Foreword by Margaret Prescod • Editor: Nina Lopez
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-838-6
Published: 06/2021
Format: Paperback
Size: 6x9
Pages: 256
Subjects: Feminism / Economics

Selma James - Latest news

Selma James is Kentish Town on City of Women London map

8th March 2022

The City of Women map is the result of a collaboration launched in 2020 between Reni Eddo-Lodge, Rebecca Solnit, Emma Watson, cartographer Molly Roy, designer Lia Tjandra and Haymarket Books, in partnership with Transport for London, the Women of the World Foundation and University College London (UCL). See the interactive map here: Press here:…

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Boston Review: Care Work in a Wageless World

8th March 2022

As the planet burns and pandemics rage, Selma James’s work with the Wages for Housework movement shows that we ignore the labor of care at our own peril. Emily Callaci March 2, 2022 Sex, Race, and Class—The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952–2011Selma JamesCommon Notions and PM Press, $20 (paper) Our Time is…

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Women’s natural farming movement v climate change

15th February 2022

Dear sisters and friends, Climate justice and the women’s natural farming movement in Andhra Pradesh, India Many of you will know that the Wages for Housework Campaign, which co-ordinates the Global Women’s Strike, and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has broadened its demand for financial recognition for caring work to include also the care…

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Wages for Housework: 50 years of campaigning

2nd February 2022
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Red Pepper Review: Our Time is Now: Sex, Race, Class and Caring for People and Planet

23rd December 2021

Marin Scarlett looks back – and forward – at Selma James’ seven decades of intersectional activism December 23, 2021 · 5 min readSelma James speaks in 2019. Image credit: ECP Sex, Race and Class is now in its third incarnation. A short pamphlet of the same title was originally published in 1974, and an anthology spanning a…

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Review 31: A Living, Breathing Work

13th December 2021

Selma James, Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet PM Press, 256pp, $17.00, ISBN 978629638386 reviewed by Frith Taylor Selma James is a writer and activist who has written extensively on the interrelated issues that affect women’s liberation. Her book Sex, Race and Class (1974) is regarded by many as a classic of…

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US Launch 11 Dec: Andaiye and Selma James, The Point is to Change the World & Our Time Is Now

1st December 2021

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 9am PST / Noon EST / 5pm GMT Register for online event Between the Lines Books in Toronto, City Lights Books in San Francisco, Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles, the Howard Zinn Book Fair, Marcus Books in Oakland, Pacifica Radio’s “Sojourner Truth”, Pacifica station WPFW in Washington DC, PM Press…

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Selma James speaks at CLR James Library, Thurs 30 Sept 6pm

26th September 2021
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The Surviving Society Podcast: Our Time Is Now (Selma James, Sara Callaway, Shanice Octavia McBean & Aviah Day)

24th August 2021
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Refinery29: Life Lessons To Be Learned From A 91-Year-Old Activist

23rd August 2021

At 91, Selma James has been an activist for longer than I’ve been alive, times three. A Jewish woman born in New York, in 1952 she published her first book, A Woman’s Place, aged just 22 – a radical piece of work underlining the frustrations of women’s lives in the home and the significance of their unwaged labour…

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