Thank you for raising this critical topic!

I lived in Detroit for many years. Almost all of my neighbors were Black, and many of them were women who worked in frontline healthcare.

That sounds like a pretty cool thing to work in, but as you point out in your article, the reality is different. I knew so many women who worked as CNAs, certified nursing assistants.

Cool title for a tough job most people wouldn’t want to do, and one that pays little more than minimum wage.

The women I knew worked in hospitals and nursing homes, emptying bed pans and changing linen for pennies.

The money wasn’t even close to a living wage, and most of them had to accept food stamps and other benefits in order to feed their families.

Status? Forget about it. People looked down on them for doing menial work.

Our labor market is skewed toward oppression of the working poor, and Black women often take the brunt of it.

At least that’s what I’ve seen in my life. We need systemic change.

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