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Summer 7-1-2021


The term “time poor” describes people disproportionately burdened by responsibilities and inflexible work schedules resulting in little to no discretionary time. Time poverty was brought to my attention via the social media app TikTok where Black women creators expressed how time poverty affects them. Given that Black women are an especially vulnerable population in terms of health, I became curious about the relationship between time poverty and Black women’s health. However, the existing sociomedical science literature on time poverty does NOT adequately account for Black women’s subjectivity because the research considers mediators of class OR gender OR race but does not consider these factors intersectionally. For research to adequately understand the connection between time poverty and Black women’s health, an intersectional approach is needed in which gender race AND class are considered synergistically, with each social identity intensifying the health impacts of the other. To that end, I will conduct a qualitative pilot study using individual semi-structured interviews to identify patterns of themes related to Black women’s intersectional social identity, perceived health, and time poverty.



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