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Multicultural Women in the US 03/15

by: Kay Patel

Multicultural Women in the US 03/15 WMST 1110

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Multicultural Women in the US
Nichole Ray
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Date Created: 03/17/16
03­15 Families on the Frontier  Main argument:  Race and immigration are interacting in an important new way, which Latina  immigrant domestic workers exemplify: their positions as “foreigners” and  “immigrants” allow employers and their society at large, to perceive them as  outsiders and thereby overlook the contemporary racialization of the occupation  Immigration does not trump race,  but combined with dominant ideology of a “color  blind” society manages to shroud it  Relationships between domestic employees and employers have always been imbued  with racial meaning  Domestic work has always been reserved in mid­20  century   For Mexican­American women, domestic work provided the largest source of non­ agricultural employment –saw increase in technical/vocational training opportunities— leads to service work  Shifting opportunities for black women—many left domestic work in the 70s  By the 70s black women in the occupation were growing older and their daughters  were refusing to take jobs imbued with servitude and racial subordination  Latina immigrant women experience with domestic work—nannies/housekeepers Tracing the expansion of domestic work  More US women participating in labor since 60s  Married women with children are working more  Impacts growing demand for domestic workers  Growing elder population—greater need for in home care  Today, we must consider how our society organized social production, which involves  activists necessary to maintain daily life What is transitional motherhood?  40­50% of central American and Mexican women leave their children in their countries  of origin  Hold various legal statuses  Transitional domestic work is an example of “informal labor”  Difficult and dangers to migrate across the border with children  Manu immigrant women are ambivalent about raising their children in the US  Asks us to rethink commonly held notions of family and motherhood and the effect  transitional motherhood has on the women and their children The Dream Act  Munoz argues: contemporary immigration policy ignores structural conditions that force  people to migrate to the US  These policies seek individual solutions to structure problem, thereby unfairly denying  college education to undocumented students  Many students come to US as children with their parents who obtained visas that  eventually expire. Very difficult for students to obtain visas  Author advocates passage of the Dream Act, which would make it easier for students to  obtain Issues and challenges  Many undocumented students see that they have limited opportunities for upward  mobility  It is critical for colleges to recruit undocumented students so that they can increase their  chances in life  Unfortunately, undocumented students have no access to federal and state student aid,  work study programs and multiple scholarships


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