By analogy with various constructions in -collar, especially blue-collar, and from the traditional conception of pink as a feminine color (with blue its masculine counterpart), a conception perhaps magnified in this case by the sometime popularity of pink blouses among women in the service industry.
- Of or pertaining to employees in predominately female service industries.
- 1977, Louise Kapp Howe, Pink Collar Workers: Inside the World of Women's Work, Putnam.
- 1977, Glenn Siebert, Employment Service Potential: Indicators of Labor Market Activity, California Employment Development Department, Employment Research Section, page 115,
- Black men have tended to congregate in laborers' jobs and certain service occupations, young workers in trade and such service enterprises as gas stations (to a lesser extent also in laborers' jobs), and women in the so-called "pink collar" occupations in trade, the services, and clerical work in all industrial sectors.
- 1986, Emrika Padus, The Complete Guide to Your Emotions and Your Health: New Dimensions in Mind/Body Healing, Rodale Press, page 210,
- Good examples of employees under hidden stress are the nation's pink-collar workers. This group includes secretaries, clerks, data processors, telephone operators, and others.
- 2003, Peggy Fielding, Confessing for Money, AWOC.COM (publisher), page 7,
- These days, girls and women of all ages are still reading them, particularly the blue collar or pink collar workers or wives of blue collar workers.