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Poor Women in Rich CountriesThe Feminization of Poverty Over the Life Course$
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Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314304

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314304.001.0001

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Summary, Synthesis, and Conclusions, Part 1: The Poverty of Lone Women, Their Diversity, and Income Sources

Summary, Synthesis, and Conclusions, Part 1: The Poverty of Lone Women, Their Diversity, and Income Sources

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(p.266) 10SUMMARY, SYNTHESIS, AND CONCLUSIONS, PART 1: THE POVERTY OF LONE WOMEN, THEIR DIVERSITY, AND INCOME SOURCES
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Poor Women in Rich Countries
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Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314304.003.0010

This chapter examines a question posed by earlier research: “whether the countries with policies that allow solo mothers to form an autonomous household with little risk of poverty crystallize into a cluster corresponding to a particular welfare state regime”. The question is extended to older lone women. A subsequent section deals with the heterogeneity of both groups of lone women and its relationship to their poverty. The text then turns to the labor market, providing data on the gender gaps in employment and wages generally, and, specifically, on lone mothers. Finally, the poverty of the two groups of lone women is analyzed from the perspective of two sources of income: the market and government transfers.

Keywords:   poverty, poor women, single mothers, elderly women, labor market, employment, inequality

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