We speak with Professor Giovanna Vertova of Political Economy at the University of Bergamo. Giovanna details the specific gender dimension of the European Depression which has disproportionately impacted women. She highlights the contradictory forces a …

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We speak with Professor Giovanna Vertova of Political Economy at the University of Bergamo. Giovanna details the specific gender dimension of the European Depression which has disproportionately impacted women. She highlights the contradictory forces at play including Italian women re-entering the job market in Italy but displacing migrant workers in the process and the lower participation rate of females due to family responsibilities.

The conversation concludes by Giovanna discussing the crisis in European Feminism from two perspectives: 1 inside the feminist movement and 2: males inside the labour movement not fully appreciating the real issues that are still prevalent such as inequality of pay for the same job and access to social services affecting women disproportionately. USi hopes this latest conversation in our #criticaleconomics series helps revive the essential debate of the gender dimension of the capitalistic system.

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South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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