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Testimony of a Working Class Woman

tion to the literature on the topic so far. As an account of the making of a working class leader, Domitila's story is rather unusual since Domitila is herself not a worker, only the wife of a tin miner. And the Housewives' Committee to which she belongs is not a trade union in the strict sense of the word since being a housewife in any kind of a household is no trade of any standing. Yet Domitila can justifiably claim to be included in the long tradition of working class leaders such as Thomas Hardy or John James Bezer in England of the 19th century who had recorded through their autobiographies an insiders' viewpoint of workers' struggle and the development of class consciousness under capitalism.1 This is so because Domitila and her colleagues of the Housewives Committee through the sheer logic of their situation, have realised that the back-breaking lot of a working class woman even just as a housewife is nothing but "unpaid work for the boss" (p 34). To that extent "even if she is at home she is a part of the whole system of exploitation that her companero lives in" (p 36).

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