The domestication of a single sex, then, producing women as a category on the labour market distinguishable from men, opens to the employer the possibility of a special form of exploitation. While some women for some part of their lives may manage to escape into pay and conditions not greatly inferior to those of men, the paradigm case of the woman worker-with-domestic-ties is the woman part-time low paid manual or office worker. These are the millions of women, characteristically but not exclusively in the public services, who cook and clean, wash, make and mend, type and tidy, tend and care. They include a disproportionate number of black and ethnic minority women.
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