Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy:
Women from first world countries must work now, more than ever. Most men no longer make enough money to support an entire family. Increased divorce rates also force many women to work. If women are working full time, who is watching the kids, cooking and cleaning? A “second mommy” is often needed in first world country families where moms work full time. These second moms come from third world countries. Second moms (nannies) often leave their own children and families behind to work in first world countries. Nannies are taking care of other families and children. They do this to support their families by sending money back home. While nannies from the third world depend on families in the first world for jobs, families in the first world now depend on women in the third world to take care of their children. Many first world families now need nannies in order to survive. Without a nanny, many woman would not be able to work because they would need to take care of their children. Now that they can rely on nannies from third world countries, woman can go out and make money to support their families. First world countries are now relying on third world countries.
I work in Great Neck, Long Island as a tutor/ babysitter. When I take the children to the park, I am the ONLY babysitter there who is not a nanny from a third world country. There are no moms at the park like when I was young. Most children are there with a nanny who speaks little or no English.
The Wealth Gap:
Women of color are faced with a double consciousness (as WEB Dubois would call it). Not only are they oppressed because they are woman, but they are also of color. Women of color earn an extremely disproportionate amount of wealth compared to white women and men of color. The gap of wealth between women of color and others is shocking. Even though on average, women of color earn more college degrees than men of color, the women still accumulate less wealth. Even though some women of color have jobs which pay a decent salary (income), they do not hold jobs that include fringe benefits. Men of color often hold jobs that include fringe benefits which allows them to accumulate wealth. This is one reason that women of color have less wealth, on average, than men of color. I always knew there was a wealth gap, however, these numbers were alarming. If woman continue to have jobs where they do not receive fringe benefits, they will have less wealth to pass down from generation to generation. This creates an endless cycle of low wealth among woman of color. As suggested by Marico Chang, steps need to be taken to fix this gap. Once suggestion was that we need to shift policies to create wealth creation instead of income creation. This is one recommendation that could help to close the wealth gap. Steps must be taken to close this gap.