Sociology Index

Pink Collar Crime

Blue-collar Crime, Pink-collar ghetto

The term pink-collar crime was coined by Kathleen Daly during the 1980s to describe embezzlement type crimes that typically were committed by females based on limited opportunity. Women were more likely to have committed low level pink-collar crimes such as check kiting and book-keeping fraud from positions of less power compared to men who engaged in acts of White-Collar Crime.

The term Pink-collar in pink-collar crime denotes jobs and employment sectors dominated by women workers. Freda Adler argues that opportunity is central to understanding the involvement of women in white-collar crime: There is no masculinization. Women have broken the glass-ceiling because the doors have been opened. They use the same tactics as men.

These are human characteristics not male or female, they are not gender issues in science. Women are making a lot of money now and it will only increase as their opportunity increases. They too will take advantage of the opportunity to go further cut corners, make more money as it presents itself, legal and illegal. They are driven by the same factors and motivations as men.

The phrase pink collar was used in order to distinguish certain jobs from white collar jobs, and also to distinguish women in these roles from other white-collar workers. Pink collar work did not require much professional training and did not offer equal pay or prestige.

Pink collar positions have increased as more and more women enter the workforce. Industrialization has increased the scope for the services provided by pink collar workers.