Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
African American Women and Work
Corinne Lally Benedetto
African American women's work and its history is, in many crucial respects, the history of the United States. Although most Black women have labored in the most back-breaking work, during more recent years some have also held the most prestigious and attractive jobs. Thus, African American women's labor spans the labor economy and market, from menial service jobs to high-powered information and entertainment work. The proportion of Black women participating in the labor market has always outstripped that same proportion of White women, and this fact alone brings their work history to the forefront of Black culture in U.S. society. Locked out, like White women, from most high-wage employment until quite recently, and paid even lower wages than their White women counterparts, it is likely that African American women have worked more actual hours during their work lives than has any other group in U.S. history. This entry looks at ...