Women in the labour market versus QTI*BIWOC

Comparison of the 2 available types of statistics

1. May – International worker’s day

For over 100 years people have been fighting for their rights as workers. However, many inequalities and exclusions in the labour market remain hidden because there are no statistics. For QTI*BIWOC within the working class this means exploitation and precarious working conditions that end in old-age poverty.

We finally need statistics with an intersectional approach that reflect our realities! Only when problems are identified and recorded can they be resolved.

Intersectional discrimination at work

In the legal case of DeGraffenreid v. General Motors (1976), in which five black women’s claims of discrimination against their employer on the basis of sexism and racism simultaneously were dismissed with the reasoning that such intersections were unworkable. But neither race-based nor sex-based discrimination taken separately corresponded to the reality of the black women claimants, because the company didn’t discriminate against black men nor white women, only against black women.

The verdicts substantially influenced Kimberley Crenshaw when she coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989, in discrimination visible.

Women in labour market
55,0% of women work in Germany (as of July 14, 2020)
Inequalities in labour market between the (binary) sexes
3.3 million German households have a domestic helper (Source: Each One Teach One)

Gender Pay Gap
Women earn 18% less than men (as of March 3, 2021) (Source: Each One Teach One)

Difficult access to work due to missing residence permit and recognition of foreign qualifications
Transmisogyny, ableism, classism and racism and their intersections are not included
90% of these domestic workers are in illegal employment relationships

Intersectional Pay Gap
Multiple discrimination leads to larger gaps (missing statistics on intersections between e.g. Racial and Gender Pay Gap)



BIWOC* Rising is the first intersectional co-working space & social club in Berlin and Germany. This safer space is exclusively for women, trans, inter and non-binary people who identify as Black, indigenous or of Colour! Through training programs, empowerment workshops, and a work-desk in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg, BIWOC* Rising is creating a new working culture – a working culture that transcends the white, homogenous, capitalist one that has been a core driver of gentrification and marginalization in Berlin.