Should Feminists Support Basic Income?

A feminist critique of Basic Income – Ingrid Robins gives us food for thought on her blog Out of the Crooked Timber of Humanity No Straight Thing Was Ever Made.  Her main concern is that it would be a mechanism for forcing women out of the work place and back into the home into  a low status care- taking existence.  Her concluding point about the devil being in the detail is worth heeding. The analysis also leads to a realisation that basic income on it’s own isn’t a magic wand to gender equality, rather it is one part of a bigger picture.