Silvia Federici (IT/US)

Silvia Federici (b. 1942, Italy) is a feminist activist, writer, and teacher. In 1972 she was one of the co-founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Wages For Housework campaign internationally. In the 1990s, after a period of teaching and research in Nigeria, she became active in the anti-globalization movement and the US anti – death penalty movement. She is one of the co-founders of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa. From 1987 to 2005 she taught international studies, women studies, and political philosophy courses at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, USA. During these years she has also 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.