So were black women not expected to take care of the home and be the primary parents raising their children? I understand black women didn’t have the luxury of not working, but does that mean they were free of all the gender role expectations that other women were saddled with? Of course poor white women also didn’t have the luxury of not working either. Not all white feminists were fur coat wearing socialites eating bonbons and bitching about gender roles. In fact, few of them were.