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Unfortunately, working class women tend to perpetuate their oppression by their attitudes toward the world of work. They persist in the outdated belief that women usurp jobs from male heads of households. As one working wife stated, "If a man with a wife and kids needs a job, no woman ought to be able to take it away from him" (Rubin, 1992, p. 131). Other working class wives believe that comparable pay for comparable work depends on whether or not the male worker in question has a family to support (Rubin, 1992, pp. 130-131).
Ironically, the strengths that characterize working class women also contribute to their acceptance of their oppression. Working class women are strong and enduring. They internalize their guilt and longing for a better way of life. Working class women must learn the benefits of protest and the need for radical change.
exists in deciding how salaries are to be allocated to outstanding bills because there is rarely enough to go around: "Decisions, then, are limited to which bills to pay now, which can be deferred--in effect, to assessing the best strategy for juggling the creditors" (Rubin, 1992, p. 107). When, and if, the working class family is able to secure a better standard of living, buying decisions generally shift from wife to husband. Thus the working class wife rarely exerts power in the household. When the family is poor it is she who must face the bill collectors and figure out how to stretch the limited financial resources. She assumes the worries and the stresses that accompany managing a home with so little money. Working class husbands do not mind putting their wives in such binds because it frees them of the shame of not earning enough money to adequately support their families. As the family's standard of living increa