Race, Class, and Occupational Mobility


Black and White Women in Service Work in the United States


Marilyn Power and Sam Rosenberg



The economic experience of women of different race-ethnicities is affected by the complex interaction of race, class, and gender. An analysis of these experiences must acknowledge the “interlocking, interactive nature of these systems” (Glenn 1992, 1), and a growing body of literature has begun the difficult process of understanding this dynamic in the United States as it is played out in many venues.1 These studies demonstrate that class and racial-ethnic differences are reflected in different life experiences, different world views, and, important for the current study, different labor force experiences. ...

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