Mariarosa Dalla Costa

is an Italian feminist, a former member of Lotta Femminista, and cofounder of the International Feminist Collective. She is an associate professor emerita at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Padua, and devotes her theoretical and practical activity to understanding the condition of women through an updated reading of capitalist development. Among many other works, she is the author of The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, with Selma James.

The Door to the Flower and the Vegetable Garden (2002)

The Door to the Flower and the Vegetable Garden (2002)

I went on migrat­ing from room to room in the house of repro­duc­tion. Then final­ly I found the door that opened into the flower and veg­etable gar­den: I real­ized the impor­tance of the ques­tion of the land. That door was thrown open for me by the new actors I was look­ing for, the pro­tag­o­nists of indige­nous rebel­lions, those fight­ing against dams or defor­esta­tion, the women of the Glob­al South. 

Introduction to the Archive of Feminist Struggle for wages for housework. Donation by Mariarosa Dalla Costa

Introduction to the Archive of Feminist Struggle for wages for housework. Donation by Mariarosa Dalla Costa

This text intro­duces the Archiv­io di Lot­ta Fem­min­ista per il salario al lavoro domes­ti­co, which con­tains a wealth of mate­r­i­al col­lect­ed from the 1970s to the present, all gra­cious­ly donat­ed by Mari­arosa Dal­la Cos­ta after years of work as a mil­i­tant in the Fem­i­nist Move­ment and as a schol­ar of the con­di­tion of women. The archive, based in Pad­ua, Italy, col­lects a broad range of inven­to­ried mate­r­i­al from a strand of the Fem­i­nist Move­ment which, in Italy, first called itself Movi­men­to di Lot­ta Fem­minile (Women’s Strug­gle Move­ment), then lat­er Lot­ta Fem­min­ista (Fem­i­nist Strug­gle) and final­ly Movi­men­to dei Grup­pi e Comi­tati per il Salario al Lavoro Domes­ti­co (Move­ment of Groups and Com­mit­tees for Wages for House­work).