How White Women Benefited from ‘Standing on the Backs of Women of Color’

LaRuelist found both the Black Enterprise article and the original report published in Slate to be on-point and giving food for thought. We believe both articles contain vital information that will generate a healthy dialogue among men and women to improve both alliances among women as well as working conditions in the labor force.

By Samara Lynn (Black Enterprise)

We hold much optimism for the future of the women’s movement. Hopefully, the younger generation will feel comfortable in having open dialogues about how everyone benefits when everyone’s quality of life improves.

An article in Slate takes an unflinching look at how white women have benefited in the workplace from the sweat of black and brown women.

In Rethinking Work-Life Balance for Women of Color Kimberly Seals Allers makes the case that many of the gains made by white women in the workforce, including the quest for work-life balance, would not have been achieved without black and brown women relieving them of domestic burdens:

Throughout history, white women have used the labor of women of color to reduce their own domestic burden and free themselves up for corporate and civic pursuits. Simply put, the labor of Black, Hispanic and Asian American women has raised white women’s standard of living.

Seals Allers notes that since the 20th century, black women have held jobs in greater numbers than white women. “As early as 1900, 26 percent of married black women were employed, compared to only 3.2 percent of white women.”

Read full article here: Source Black Enterprise and Slate’s original article here.

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