Quotation by Vivian Gornick

Before I knew that I was Jewish or a girl I knew that I was a member of the working class. At a time when I had not yet grasped the significance of the fact that in my house English was a second language, or that I wore dresses while my brother wore pants, I knew—and I knew it was important to know—that Papa worked hard all day long.
Vivian Gornick (b. 1935), U.S. Jewish sociologist, feminist, and author. The Romance of American Communism, ch. 1 (1977).

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