Essential Labour: Mothering as Social Change (2022)
Fantastic recent release on the value and power of the work which happens each and every day which we take for granted. Using her own upbringing as a source of inspiration and information, Garbes spends time looking at the various roles of mothering, caretaking, and those in the health profession. More often than not occupied by women, and specifically women of colour, such roles rooted in maintenance and care are essential to how society functions but often placed at the bottom of any economically driven values structure. Considering the critical importance of “maintenance” within one’s own life as well as the lives of those they serve, the idea of “mothering” isn’t limited to those of a specific gender or sex—in the author’s opinion, the act of mothering can be performed and owned by anyone willing to invest the labour into such essential tasks.