Sil­via Fed­eri­ci is a fem­i­nist activist, writer, and a teacher. In 1972 she was one of the cofounders 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 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 edu­ca­tion­al sys­tems. From 1987 to 2005 she taught inter­na­tion­al stud­ies, women 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.
How the Demonization of “Gossip” Is Used to Break Women’s Solidarity
Gender oppression shaped the notion of "idle women's talk."