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Socialist Feminism
Complex inequality – Intersecting and differential patterns of racial, ethnic, class,
and gender economic disadvantage.
Double and triple oppression of women in racial and ethnic groups that suffer
from economic and cultural discrimination.
Unequal pay scales that devalue womans caring and service occupations and
professions such as nursing and/or teaching.
Social feminists argue that gender inequality is not just the result of womans
oppression as and unpaid worker for the family and as a low-paid worker in the
Social class, gender, racial and ethnic membership cannot be separated from each
other, because each of those statuses affects the others. For example: A Black
woman physician has a different status mix and social position than a physician
who is a White woman or a Black man.
Privileges (and disadvantages) in any one status enhances or brings down status in
the others.
The accumulation of advantages is not evenly distributed within groups, women
and men of different racial and ethnic groups vary in class, and class effects can
vary by gender and racial and ethnic status – complex inequality.
Gender inequality is considered less pressing because of womens overall
economic progress, but the problem of increasing class inequality among women
is not on everyones radar screen.
Firstly, the growing similarities between men and women meant that a gendered
analyses of the economy is more relevant then ever before. The job structure no
longer privileges male jobs to the same extent it once did, especially among the
less-educated, and the working class has become increasingly feminized and
majority females in serve – service, sales job.
This means that the vision of reducing social inequality for the working class
must take upgrading of womens jobs as seriously as the upgrading of men’s jobs,
for both men and women’s sake.
Unions recognize this and work in the services to organize not only women sector
but also through policies that are aimed at enhancing the rights of workers in
nonstandard jobs that are undertaken in the name of gender inequality which strip
off the consequences for insecurity for all workers.
There is also a new role for gender and attention to gender differences in order to
distinguish between structures of inequality within gender groups.
Conditions and sources of inequality and solutions put forward to halt and reverse
it are not one and the same for every dimension of inequality. If these sources of
inequality were universal, there would be an expectation within high-inequality
regions to reflect high inequality between all groups.
Gender Injustice
The demands of family on women are an additional aspect of complex inequality,
with material and social penalties in which women are embedded in families in
comparison to how men are not.
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