Silvia Federici

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Born April 20, 1942(1942-04-20)
Parma, Italy
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Silvia Federici (1942, Parma, Italy) is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant.

In 1972, Federici was co-founder of the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign internationally. With other members of Wages for Housework, like Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James, and with feminist authors like Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva, Federici has been instrumental in developing the concept of "reproduction" as a key to class relations of exploitation and domination in local and global contexts, and as central to forms of autonomy and the commons.

In the 1990s, after a period of teaching and research in Nigeria, she was active in the anti-globalization movement and the U.S. anti-death penalty movement. She is one of the co-founders of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, an organization dedicated to generating support for the struggles of students and teachers in Africa against the structural adjustment of African economies and education systems. From 1987 to 2005, she also taught international studies, women’s studies, and political philosophy courses at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

All through these years she has written books and essays on philosophy and feminist theory, women’s history, education and culture, and more recently the worldwide struggle against capitalist globalization and for a feminist reconstruction of the commons.


Wages Against Housework, 1975, PDF.


  • Wages Against Housework, New York: Power of Women Collective, and Bristol: Falling Wall Press, Apr 1975, 8 pp.
    • Salario contro il lavoro domestico, Naples: Collettivo femminista napoletano per il salario al lavoro domestico, and Padova: Comitato per il salario al lavoro domestico, 1976, [13] pp. (Italian)
    • Lohn gegen Hausarbeit, Berlin: P. Biemann, 1977, 11 pp. (German)
Counter-Planning from the Kitchen, 1975, PDF.
  • editor, with George Caffentzis and Ousseina Alidou, A Thousand Flowers: Social Struggles Against Structural Adjustment in African Universities, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000, 241 pp.
  • editor, African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa, Westport, CT, and London: Praeger, 2000.
  • Reproduksi dan perjuangan feminis dalam pembagian kerja internasional baru, trans. Nug Katjasungkana, Jakarta: Kalyanamitra, 2000, ix+60 pp. [2] (Indonesian)
Caliban and the Witch, 2004, PDF.
Revolution at Point Zero, 2012, Log, PDF, EPUB, MOBI.

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