Mother. Nurse. Housewife. Maid.
The Enduring Moral Politics of "Women's Work" in America.
Nell’s PhD dissertation (and next book) examines paid and unpaid care and domestic labor—“women’s work”—in America through the lens of moral politics. Through mixed methods of journalism, archival research, and primary-source analysis, Nell examines the moral politics of the mother, the nurse, the housewife, and the maid. The book illuminates the ways in which women’s unpaid and paid care labor carries moral meaning and is culturally and politically contested: Women’s work has been and continues to be political as a factor of gender, class, and race.