Job growth in the US has broken all records and healthcare has been the leading force in that growth. But wages? Wages are another story. One that shows how women, and particularly women of color, have been left behind even in the hottest job market in US history.
Nine out of 10 home care workers are women, 25% are African American and 25% are immigrants. Many of them are undocumented.
Home health aides work long hours, often with no benefits, paid vacation or sick leave and without the backing of a union. The job entails everything from helping patients with their daily personal tasks, assistance with basic medical care, to light housework and keeping patients company. But the potential for exploitation is high. The kind Marisol calls “extra work”.
A dearth of child care and elder care choices is causing many women to reorganize their working lives and prompting some to forgo jobs altogether,...