When mainstream feminism has chosen to focus on pocketbook issues over the past few decades, it has mostly zeroed in on the workplace: the wage gap, family leave and childcare for working families. But a universal basic income, or U.B.I., are becoming surprisingly common in Europe. This monthly stipend would be a modest way of reimbursing the many women who are mothers and caregivers in the U.S. for all the hard work they do — on behalf of young children and elderly family members — on a daily basis, free of charge.
Isn’t it about time we acknowledge women’s “unrewarded contributions to the perpetuation of the human race” with a bit more than a Hallmark card? -Danielle Bizzarro