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date: 12 April 2024


The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Delia D. AguilarDelia D. Aguilar

Women writers observe that the now extensive literature on globalization—which is simply defined as the striking increase in international trade and investment resulting from the integration of all the world's nations into one capitalist economic order—has consistently ignored its gender markings (Brah et al.; Mohagdam; Wichterich). This androcentrism is ironic in that women are the key players in globalization. The labor force worldwide has become unmistakably feminized. Women of color in particular offer a comparative advantage because of their low wages in both the formal and the informal sectors of production and because of their presumed docility. It is also women who now make up the majority of migrant workers seeking economic opportunities in the affluent countries of the global North.... ...

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