Race, class, and gender are closely linked. In order to deal with classism we need to deal with racism and sexism.
Gender and Class Resources
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) works to promote the perspectives of women and girls among communities and to inspire women and girls to actively seek leadership positions.
Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is America’s only national organization for union women. Their members are on the frontline, empowering working women to become leaders in their unions and encouraging them to make a difference on the job and, most importantly, in their own lives. CLUW writes “Our values are simple: solidarity, involvement, dignity and justice.”
National Women’s Law Center views their mission as protecting and advancing the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.
9to5, National Association of Working Women is a national, grassroots membership organization that strengthens women’s ability to work for economic justice. Founded in 1973, 9to5 has activists in more than 200 cities and members in every state.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women’s civic and political participation.
The Center for Women Policy Studies. Since its founding in 1972 as the nation’s first feminist policy research organization, the Center for Women Policy Studies has been on the front lines of efforts to promote justice and equality for women. Their multiethnic and multicultural feminist research, policy analysis and advocacy bring women’s diverse voices to important debates — on women and AIDS, violence against women and girls, welfare reform, access to health care, educational equity, work/family and workplace diversity policies, reproductive rights and health, and much more.
Race, Gender, and Class Bibliography
The American Sociological Association maintains a bibliography on race, gender and class, edited by Jean Ait Amber Belkhir and is regularly updated. It contains items ONLY if they emphasize the three dimensions of race, gender, and class in their discourse and analysis. This bibliography includes a lot of articles from periodicals.
Albelda, Randy Pearl and Chris Tilly. Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women’s Work, Women’s Poverty . Boston: South End Press, 1997.
Amott, Theresa and Matthaei, Julie. Race, Gender, and Work: A Multicultural Economic History of Women in the United States . Boston: South End Press, 1991.
Anzaldua, Gloria. Making Faces, Making Soul. Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color . San Francisco: Aunt Late Press, 1990.
Cyrus, V., ed. Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States . Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1993.
Davis, Angela. 1990. Women, Culture, Politics. New York: Vintage Books.
De Santis, Solange. Life on the Line: One Woman’s Tale of Work, Sweat, and Survival . New York: Doubleday, 1999. Dujon, Diane and Withhorn, Ann. For Crying Out Loud: Women’s Poverty in the United States . Boston, Mass.: South End Press, 1996
hooks, bell . Ain’t A Woman: Black Women and Feminism . Boston, MA: South End Press, 1981.
Jennet, C. and Stewart, R. G., eds. Three Worlds of Inequality: Race, Class and Gender . Melbourne: The Macmillan Company of Australia, 1987.
Kendell, Diana. The Power of Good Deeds: Privileged Woman and the Social Reproduction of the Upper Class . Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
Mandell, N. ed. Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality . Scarborough, Ontario: Prentice Hall Canada Inc
Moraga, Cherrie, and Anzaldua, Gloria, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color . Watertown, MA: Persephone, 1981.
Mullings, Leith. On Our Own Terms: Race, Class, and Gender in the Lives of African American Women . New York, NY: Routledge, 1997.
Ostrander, Susan. Women of the Upper Class . Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984.
Penelope, Julia, ed. Out of the Class Closet: Lesbians Speak . Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1994.
Simms, Margaret, and Malveaux, Julienne, eds. Slipping Through the Cracks: The Status of Black Women . New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1986.
Smith, Barbara, ed. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology . New York: Kitchen Table Press. A Women of Color Press, 1983.
Tea, Michelle. Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class . Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2003.
Waring, Marilyn. Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women Are Worth . Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.
Weiler, Kathleen. Women Teaching For Change: Gender, Class & Power. South Hadley, MA: Bergin and Garvey Publishers, Inc., 1988.
Zinn, Baca Maxime and Dill, Bonnie Thornton, editors. Women of Color in U.S. Society . Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994.