Emotional Labor: The Invisible Work Shaping Our Lives and How to Claim Our Power

Rose Hackman


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Emotional Labor: The Invisible Work Shaping Our Lives and How to Claim Our Power by Hackman, Rose
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"An urgent look at emotional labor....Hackman's words reveal the agency of women is still possible while the power of care, empathy, and love in action can lead us to the best in our humanity."
― Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play

From Journalist Rose Hackman, a deeply-researched foray into the invisible, uncompensated work women perform every day--and a profound call to action.

A stranger insists you "smile more," even as you navigate a high-stress environment or grating commute. A mother is expected to oversee every last detail of domestic life. A nurse works on the front line, worried about her own health, but has to put on a brave face for her patients. A young professional is denied promotion for being deemed abrasive instead of placating her boss. Nearly every day, we find ourselves forced to edit our emotions to accommodate and elevate the emotions of others. Too many of us are asked to perform this exhausting, draining work at no extra cost, especially if we're women or people of color.

Emotional labor is essential to our society and economy, but it's so often invisible. In this groundbreaking, journalistic deep dive, Rose Hackman shares the stories of hundreds of women, tracing the history of this kind of work and exposing common manifestations of the phenomenon. But Hackman doesn't simply diagnose a problem--she empowers us to combat this insidious force and forge pathways for radical evolution, justice, and change.

Drawing on years of research and hundreds of interviews, you'll learn:
- How emotional labor pervades our workplaces, from the bustling food service industry to the halls of corporate America
- How race, gender, and class unequally shape the load we carry
- Strategies for leveling the imbalances that contaminate our relationships, social circles, and households
- Empowering tools to stop anyone from gaslighting you into thinking the work you are doing is not real work

Emotional labor is real, but it no longer has to be our burden alone. By recognizing its value and insisting on its shared responsibility, we can set ourselves free and forge a path to a world where empathy, love, and caregiving claim their rightful power.

Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published: 03/28/2023
Pages: 272
Weight: 0.97lbs
Size: 9.51h x 6.38w x 0.94d
ISBN: 9781250777355

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/21/2022
Library Journal 12/01/2022 pg. 118
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2023
Booklist 02/15/2023 pg. 4

About the Author
Rose Hackman is a British journalist based in Detroit. Her work on gender, race, labor, policing, housing and the environment--published in The Guardian--has brought international attention to overlooked American policy issues, historically entrenched injustices, and complicated social mores.