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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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The Feminization of Poverty in Cross-National Perspective

The Feminization of Poverty in Cross-National Perspective

Poor Women in Rich Countries

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an overview of the book, which is a cross-national study of the feminization of poverty, or, the predominance of women among the poor. It asks whether this phenomenon, first identified in the United States, occurs in other rich countries. It then discusses the poverty experienced by married and single women, single mothers, and elderly women. It also explains the selection of the eight countries included in the study.

Keywords:   poor women, poverty, feminization, wealthy nations

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