Curley's wife is discriminated against on the basis of her gender. The ranch hands see her as a sex object, and she has been taught to present herself sexually, which complicates her problems.
We first hear of Curley's wife, who is never given a name, from Candy, the old swamper, who sees her as a prostitute eying the other men on the ranch. He tells George and Lennie,
Well, I think Curley's married... a tart.
From the start, Curley's wife is classified as a tart or whore. Candy doesn't really know anything about her, but because of how she dresses and behaves, he slots her into a stereotyped category.
Later, Crooks will try to discriminate against her by ordering her out of his room, replicating how he has been treated:
You got no rights comin' in a colored man's room. You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now you jus' get out, an' get out quick. If you don't, I'm gonna ast the boss not to ever let you come in the barn no more.
Curley's wife is able to turn the tables on him by...
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