When I was becoming a young man in the Bronx in the fifty's and my worldview was beginning to develop concepts of mutual respect and social economy and equality, my mother did volunteer work at Montefiore Hospital. Occasionally, before I left home for the real world, I would pass her either when coming or going through our apartment and ask her, who I loved, "Mom, why do you do this attending to children and patients at the hospital? How do you think those well educated, wealthy doctors walking past you in the corridors look on you, if they see you at all? They probably look down on you either consciously or indifferently?" She insisted they didn't.
I have two beautiful, fortunate, well educated, and generous daughters. They also do some volunteer work, but don't take shit from anyone. They insist on being seen and treated as equals. The US has become a hell hole of inequality, poverty, and greed. The women, however, have been and are always the best to me.