Use of the Term "Econopeople" Edit
The term "Econopeople" is used by June in Baggage, referring to the part of the populace who "played their cards right," in reference to the fate of her own family due to her husband's "ungodly" marital status. This suggests the term "Econopeople" includes all former U.S. citizens without a too "profane" social background who aren't explicitly reassigned into a more specific social class. In The Testaments, "Econofamily" is the term used for a family of Econopeople.
Social Classes with Econopeople Edit
Female Econopeople vs. EconowivesEdit
See also: Econowife (main article)
Since young females in Gilead are expected to marry when reaching menarche, the social class of "Econowives" from the novel can be seen as a (factual) synonym to female econopeople as portrayed in the show (unless being Widows or assigned elsewhere).
Social Classes for Male EconopeopleEdit
It is unknown if there is only one overall class of "Economen" or a more detailed distinction. However, since single men of "low status" are "issued" women only by chance, this may suggest some legal distinction between married and unmarried male Econopersons.
Legal Situation of Male EconopeopleEdit
Flashback scenes in Late suggest male Econopeople can keep some of their pre-Gileadean liberties, like holding down a (remunerated) job or owning property; unlike for women, there aren't any evidences in the show for the existence of male slave labor.
Young girls from EconofamiliesEdit
Young girls born to Econofamilies wear multicolored striped dresses even before marriage, as well as grey cloaks. They learn a smaller range of "domestic arts" than Daughters do. If they are attractive enough, they may be married to the Commanders or their sons when they grow older, but most simply marry other Economen.
The housing situation of Econopeople can range from household to household. A family of Econopeople may be confined to a small apartment (Baggage), while other, presumably more affluent Econopeople can have relatively large houses, as seen in Liars.
Notable Econopeople Edit
- Boston Globe Janitor
- Heather (now a Handmaid)
- Mr. Spencer
- Mrs. Spencer
- Eden Blaine (deceased)
- Eden's sister