This collection of original research articles explores how race, ethnicity, and social class have shaped the work lives of women. Women and Work explores womenÆs working conditions, their wages and salaries, their abilities to control their work environments, and how they see themselves and their options in the workplace. A great deal of importance is given to women of color, non-citizens, and working-class womenùgroups that are often neglected in other treatments of this subject. The integration of work and family, womenÆs vision of their own work and consciousness as employees, and womenÆs resistance to exploitative and limiting work are themes are also addressed throughout this book. Written by and interdisciplinary group of women scholars, Women and Work will be of interest to faculty, researchers, and advanced students in the fields of sociology, organization studies, psychology, gender studies, womenÆs history, and economics.

Working-Class Mexican American Women and “Voluntarism”: “We have to do it!”

Working-Class Mexican American Women and “Voluntarism”: “We have to do it!”

Working-class mexican american women and “voluntarism”: “We have to do it!”

Using “unpaid labor” rather than “voluntarism” to conceptualize women's community work clarifies its significance for urban communities of different economic class composition. Middle- and upper-class women also provide unpaid labor in the interests of their communities; however, they are more able than working-class women to purchase or find adequate basic services available in their neighborhoods. This chapter shows how women's unpaid labor in a Catholic parish school and neighborhood compensated for inadequate public facilities and services. The women perceived their unpaid work as a collective effort necessary to the welfare and safety of their families. While doing unpaid work, the women developed invaluable skills ...

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