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Curino's focus on the labor performed by the mothers and wives of the Olivetti clan reflects many of the concerns of Lotta Femminista, even though early twentieth century women's activists had already wrestled with the idea that the marginalization of women is partially due to the insidious nature of the capitalist system.
This is exactly the kind of relationships between labor and production that Curino illustrates through the characters of Sacerdoti and Revel, to which I will now turn.
In Curino's plays, Sacerdoti is a well-educated woman who, as a young widow, raised her children alone, taught them foreign languages, and encouraged their humanistic education by pressing the young Camillo to study philosophy, but then supported him when he chose to pursue a degree in engineering.
The value of women's work is at its clearest in the reproduction of the labor force through the female body; to no surprise, Curino elaborates on Sacerdoti's choices for Camillo's education, frequently mentions all six of Revel and Camillo's children, and even devotes a full scene to the birth of Adriano in the second play.
In the plays, Curino in no way suggests that Sacerdoti and Revel should have been paid wages, as requested by Italian feminists in the 1970s.
An early clue of Curino's acknowledgment of the importance that women should be given in labor considerations is the first person emphasis with which she endows Sacerdoti, Revel, or even herself as a character in the plays.
To correct this perception, Curino must rewrite history by offering numerous biographical details about both Sacerdoti and Revel (and even herself) in the opening scene.
One of the reasons Curino's intervention is still relevant is because, as Federici puts it,
So when Curino calls attention to the Olivetti women and the housework they "produced," she advocates for the constant of human labor sustaining the process of biological reproduction, all the while reminding us that the Olivetti conglomerate could not have become what it did without the support and counsel of women like Sacerdoti and Revel.