Birth Strike Study Guide

Birth Strike Study Guide CoverNational Women’s Liberation has developed a consciousness-raising study guide to go with Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s WorkIt can be downloaded here.

Here’s a sample:

Meeting 1

Read pages 1—59 of Birth Strike:

Introduction

Chapter 1. International Comparisons

Chapter 2. Small Government, Big Families

Chapter 3. Is it a Birth Strike?  Women Testify

Consciousness-Raising questions

a. What are your reasons for wanting children? For not wanting them?

b. Has your thinking on this changed? Are your parents’ lives a factor in

    your thinking?

c. Do you experience pressure from anyone on the subject?

Alternate question:

a. What care work do you do (child rearing, care for elderly family members,

    or others in your life needing care)?

b. What care work do the men in your life do?

c. Have you tried to get them to do more? What happened?

Study questions

1. Who is the power structure?  What are some terms people use to describe these   

    individuals? Which terms do you prefer?  Why?

2. To what do you attribute the continuing battle over abortion and birth control

    in the U.S.? Did the reading change your view?  How?

3. What caused other countries to develop universal programs such as childcare,     

    healthcare, paid family leave, and family allowances?

4. What do “pro-family” conservatives mean by family?  What is their ideal of family

    life?  Who would benefit from that?

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