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Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis

Keona K. Ervin


Gateway to Equality demonstrates that from the 1930s to the 1960s, a critical mass of black working-class women forged a most expansive social justice struggle for economic dignity in St. Louis. Women mobilized and resisted as they sought jobs, a living wage, decent working conditions, affordable housing, and economic projection. Their community-based economic politics drew public attention to their status as key members of the urban working class and disrupted mainstream conceptualizations such as “worker,” “the working class,” and “the labor movement.” With support from black middle-class wo ... More

Keywords: Black working-class women, Economic justice, Black freedom struggle, Labor, Trade unionism, Economic dignity, Working-class, Fair employment, Public housing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813168838
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813168838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keona K. Ervin, author
University of Missouri-Columbia