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Transcript Class privilege has enabled some women to become more independent of men, allowing them to devote more time and energy to activities outside of work and family. Unawareness of their class privilege makes it hard for non-working class women to understand the commitment that working class women make to their families. They may put down working class women for not ridding themselves of oppressive husbands, without realizing that their own situation on the job market (as, for example, white college educated middle class women) is quite different. A full awareness by feminists requires seeing that many women experience oppression not only as women but as working class people, sometimes as lesbians, often as single parents, and many are of Third World crigin as well. (6) So-ie feminists continue to struggle with the allies among all women, but it has been a difficul The put-downs of "traditional women's work" are al women still doing this work. The positive aspects as nursing, working with children, secretarial and work in the home are invalidated. The skills, ene gained .from these jobs arenot appreciated. It is because many of these jobs have provided at least many working class women, who feel very gooc about roles they play in the world. class issue and build t and painful process, so very hurtful to of such professions clerical skills and rgy and insights even more painful some independence for their work and the MEN ONLY"1 THEY'RE NOT LIKE US! (4) WOMEN SHOW THEIR FEELINGS! (5) WOMEN ARE TOO EMOTIONAL The feminist struggle needs balance: priorities for the women's movement should include welfare rights, occupational health and safety issues, an end to the exploitation of prostitutes, and help for battered women. Further, the value of revolutions in such places as China and Cuba should not be denied because women are not yet fully liberated there, or because gays are still oppressed. Working class women are proud of their strengths and their ability to survive. They think well and are in touch with the necessities of life. Many have strong connections with families and know how to give support. Working class women understand power: where it comes from and how it is used. Having felt oppression operating in their own lives, they can be sensitive and supportive to other people from oppressed groups. There are many ways to support working class women, starting with an analysis of your own class background. Think of the positive aspects, skills and knowledge it has given you. Begin to share these insights and privileges with women from other class backgrounds. Support working class women you have contact with in expanding their horizons and expectations. Listen to and encourage their thinking. Challenge them to assume more powerful roles in their lives. One way to help them break out of the rigid role of nurturer in groups is by making sure everyone shares responsibility for that task. Remember how women challenged men on sexism? We said that the only way we can move in our lives is if we stop doing all the child care, typing and supporting, and encourage men to take on these responsibilities. Both men and women of privileged backgrounds will need to take prime time in these areas if class distinction is really going to be interrupted and class consciousness developed.