Learning from the History of Poor and Working-Class Women's Activism

Author(s): Abramovitz, Mimi

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Abstract The long but largely ntold history of activism among poor and working-class women in the United States since before the twentieth century reveals that low-income women activists developed a class- and race-based gender consciousness that fueled their activism at three key sites: the point of production, the point of consumption, and the point of state intervention. While their issues and strategies have varied over time, at each site low-income women consistently became active to fulfill their community-defined gendered obligations-which included helping to improve the standard of living of their families and communities. For African American women, this meant fighting for racial as well as economic justice. The long record corrects historical distortions, offers inspiration, and provides lessons for the next round of welfare rights struggles in the twenty-first century.
Publication Title Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Publisher Sage Publications
Publication Date 09/2001
URIs http://www.jstor.org/stable/1049827
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Keywords Activism
African-Americans
Blacks
Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: U.S., Canada: 1913- (N32)
Economic conditions
Economics of Gender, Non-labor Discrimination (J16)
Females
Gender
Historical analysis
History
Low Income
Low Income Groups
Measurement and Analysis of Poverty (I32)
Northern America
POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political Science
Political activity
Poor
Poor women
Race
SOCIAL SCIENCES, INTERDISCIPLINARY
Social justice
Sociology
Standard of living
U.S
U.S.A
United States of America
Welfare Recipients
Welfare Reform
Welfare policy
Welfare reform
Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty: Government Programs, Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs (I38)
Women
Women political activists
Women's movements
Working Class
Working class
Working class women
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