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.
  • Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle, Oakland, CA: PM Press, and Brooklyn, NY: Common Notions, 2012, 188 pp, PDF, EPUB, MOBI. Collection of essays from 1974-2012.
    • Aufstand aus der Küche. Reproduktionsarbeit im globalen Kapitalismus und die unvollendete feministische Revolution, trans. Max Henninger, Münster: Assamblage, 2012, 128 pp. [4] (German)
    • Revolución en punto cero: trabajo doméstico, reproducción y luchas feministas, trans. Scriptorium (Carlos Fernández Guervós and Paula Martín Ponz), Madrid: Traficantes de sueños, 2013, 285 pp. (Spanish)
    • Hyŏngmyŏng ŭi yŏngjŏm: kasa nodong, chaesaengsan, yŏsŏngjuŭi t'uchaeng [혁명 의 영점: 가사 노동, 재생산, 여성주의 투쟁], trans. Hwang Sŏng-wŏn, Seoul: Kalmuri, 2013, 336 pp. (Korean)
    • Il punto zero della rivoluzione: lavoro domestico, riproduzione e lotta femminista, trans. Anna Curcio, Verona: Ombre corte, 2014, 159 pp. [5] (Italian)
    • Point zéro: propagation de la révolution. Salaire ménager, reproduction sociale, combat féministe, trans. Damien Tissot, rev. & notes Oristelle Bonis, Donnemarie-Dontilly: iXe, 2016, 258 pp. [6] (French)
    • O ponto zero da revolução: trabalho doméstico, reprodução e luta feminista, Elefante, 2019. (Portuguese)
  • La revolución feminista inacabada: mujeres, reproducción social y lucha por la común, México: Escuale Calpulli, 2013, 180 pp; repr., México: Libertad Bajo Palabra, 2019, 152 pp. Essays. (Spanish)
  • editor, with Arlen Austin, The New York Wages for Housework Committee 1972-1977: History, Theory and Documents, Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2017, 279 pp; 2nd ed., 2018, 279 pp. (English)
    • Salario para el trabajo doméstico: comité de Nueva York 1972-1977: historia, teoría y documentos, trans. Aránzazu Catalán Altuna, Madrid: Traficantes de Sueños, 2019, 324 pp. (Spanish)
  • Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women, Oakland, CA: PM Press, and Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2018, 106 pp. [7] (English)
    • Hexenjagd: die Angst vor der Macht der Frauen, trans. Margarita Ruppel, Münster: Unrast, 2019, 124 pp. (German)
    • Mulheres e Caça as Bruxas, Boitempo, 2019. (Portuguese)
    • Bruixes, caça de bruixes i dones, trans. Marta Pera Cucurell, Manresa: Tigre de Paper, 2020, 99 pp. (Catalan)
    • Une guerre mondiale contre les femmes: de la chasse aux sorcières au féminicide, trans. Étienne Dobenesque, Paris: La fabrique, 2021, 176 pp; Montréal: Remue-ménage, 2021. [8] (French)
  • Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, forew. Peter Linebaugh, Toronto: Between the Lines, 2018, xviii+227 pp, ARG; Oakland, CA: PM Press, and Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2018. Collection of texts spanning over twenty years. [9] (English)
    • Reincantare il mondo: femminismo e politica dei commons, trans. Anna Curcio, Verona: Ombre corte, 2018, 222 pp. (Italian)
    • Mundua berriz liluratuz: feminismoa eta komunen politika, trans. Amaia Astobiza Uriarte, Iruñea: Katakrak, 2019, 300 pp. (Basque)
    • Tornar a encantar el món: el feminisme i la política dels comuns, trans. Aurora Ballester, Manresa: Tigre de Paper, 2019, 286 pp. (Catalan)
  • El patriarcado del salario: críticas feministas al marxismo, trans. María Aránzazu Catalán Altuna, Madrid Traficantes de Sueños, 2018, 121 pp; Buenos Aires: Tinta Limón, 2018, 114 pp. (Spanish)
    • Soldataren patriarkatua: marxismoari egindako kritika feministak, trans. Amaia Astobiza Uriarte, Iruñea: Katakrak, 2017, 141 pp. (Basque)
    • El patriarcat del salari: crítiques feministes al marxisme, trans. Anna Llisterri and Àngel Ferrero, Manresa: Tigre de Paper, 2018, 107 pp. (Catalan)
    • Le capitalisme patriarcal, trans. Étienne Dobenesque, Paris: La Fabrique, 2019, 190 pp. (French)
  • Patriarchy of the Wage: Notes on Marx, Gender, and Feminism, Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2020, 144 pp. [11] (English)
  • Genere e Capitale: per una lettura femminista di Marx, ed. Anna Curcio, Rome: DeriveApprodi, 2020, 109 pp. Collection of articles. [12] (Italian)

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