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Women and Poverty

12 Sep

Women and Poverty

This link has many facts about women and poverty, including the saddest part: women are more likely to live in poverty than men. 

Why do you think that is? Possibly with so many single parent household consisting of mothers, they do not have time to both take care of their children and make a living. What do you think should be done about this?

I think more government-assisted daycare options would be a step in the right direction. Republicans would be opposed to more government spending, and yet with their war on birth control coverage and abortions, what other choice does that leave for women?

Interesting fact from “Understanding Public Policy” by Thomas R. Dye: Only about one-sixth of federal social welfare spending is given to low-income recipients. In fact, if all the social welfare spending were directed at the poor, there would be no poverty in America!

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2 Responses to “Women and Poverty”

  1. jennifer ludy grove September 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Too often single mothers who want to work to support themselves and their children find that the cost of child care exceeds the work income, making it a lose/lose situation. They lose time with their children and lose money in the process. And the cycle of poverty continues. Sad.

  2. brittanyposey22 September 14, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    My sorority’s philanthropy is literacy and we learn about the different reasons that women are in poverty. One significant reason is that they have no education, especially in poorer countries. Illiteracy among women is rampant today. 2/3 of the world’s illiterate population are women. They don’t know how to read or write and without these skills, it it really tough to get any sort of job that can get you out of poverty. It is becoming an epidemic. Believe it or not, there are still illiterate people in the U.S.

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