||In Gateway to Equality, author Keona K. Ervin investigates the struggle for economic justice of working-class black women, from the rise of New Deal liberalism in the 1930s to the social upheavals of the 1960s. Like most of the nation during the 1930s, St. Louis was caught in the stifling grip of the Great Depression and for the next 30 years continued to experience significant urban decline as its population swelled and the area's industries stagnated. Through these decades, many black citizens of the city found themselves struggling financially and fighting for access to profitable jobs and suitable working conditions. To combat ingrained racism, crippling levels of poverty and sub-standard living conditions, black women worked together to form a community-based culture of resistance?fighting for employment, a living wage, dignity, representation and political leadership. Ervin will present an account of the ways in which black working-class women creatively fused racial and economic justice, shedding light on an unexplored aspect of community activism and the complexities of the overlapping civil rights and labor movements during the first half of the 20th century.