Mouy

Topics: Middle class, Employment, United States Pages: 2 (743 words) Published: September 19, 2013
Gap between White Upper Class Women and Latina Women
Sociological studies of gender stratification confirm that housework is defined as “symbolic of women’s oppression, and it is not a new thing for hiring domestic worker to lift the burden of housework from middle class women. Faye Duddley explained, “middle class women elevated their status by supervising the work of servant and shifted the roles of ‘authority and activity, rather than passivity and isolation’”.

In the U.S. in recent years, white middle class women have more control over household income and more responsibilities outside home. With many burdens, they have no time to cope with housework, so they need outsiders to keep the household running. As a result, white upper class women start to seek low-income workers to do housework in their home, and now they are able to use cheap domestic laborers to take some of the burdens away from them.

On the other hand, most Latina immigrants have no choice to choose the job because they lack English language knowledge. That is why they are provided as a cheap labor in the United States in which women often work as domestics while men work as laborers and construction workers. The social gap between upper class white women and lower class immigrants can be seen through Latina women who work as domestics and live in their employers' home. As female Latina immigrants are at a disadvantage for a variety of reasons, they are not exposed to much of the same kind of education that is offered in the U.S., and they also face language barriers and cultural differences that keep them out of the white collar labor force and keep them in low paid jobs. Given their limited options, they are often unable to find high paid jobs in the United States. Therefore, many of them choose to be domestics or housekeepers for middle and upper class families.

To be domestics or housekeepers show the gap between white upper class women and Latina women because upper class...
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