Race and Class in Women’s Lives

  • Rochelle Gatlin
Part of the The Contemporary United States book series


The politics and culture of the Women’s Movement have mainly addressed the experiences and priorities of white middle-class women. Feminist sisterhood emphasises shared conditions based on gender, but the identities and political priorities of racial ethnic1 and white working-class women must also include race and class. Black women, for example, have practised ‘sisterhood’ in their churches, clubs and extended family networks, but as Bonnie Thornton Dill notes, ‘we have not used it as the anvil to forge our political identities’. Rather, the ‘political identities of Afro-American women have largely been formed around issues of race’.2


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