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Ecofeminism by Vandana Shiva and Maria Mies; some International Women’s Day reflections | Cara Belle Scott

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is, “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” In Ecofeminism, first published in 1993, then republished with a foreword and additional preface in 2014, Vandana Shiva and Maria Mies demonstrate that the premises underlying such a motto conflict with women’s liberation and the movement for ecological preservation. The notion that we could think equality into being is spurious and elides the hegemonic power structures that systematically produce harmful socio-economic disparity. Conceptually, this approach places harm-reduction in an intellectual realm, rather than in the material, bodily, natural world. Neither the methods nor the means for societal restructuring will emerge from the intellectual bastions of academe, think-tank, or other elite institution. Further, when considering equality we have to ask: equal to what and by what standard? Capitalism requires inequality and under its auspices the burden of inequality—i.e. impoverishment—can only be shifted to an elsewhere Otherized population. In her 2014 preface Shiva writes, ‘[A] model of capitalist patriarchy which excludes women’s work and wealth creation in the mind deepens the …