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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 2: Government Policies for Lone Women

Summary, Synthesis, and Conclusions, Part 2: Government Policies for Lone Women

Poor Women in Rich Countries

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter identifies the economic, social, and equal opportunity policies that facilitate women's achievement of an acceptable standard of living, or an escape from poverty independent of family relations. Following discussion of policies conducive to this goal of de-familialization, two policies are highlighted: minimum-income guarantees and full employment. After considering economic and political resources for reducing the poverty of women, the discussion compares Sweden and the United States, two study countries that differ widely in social policies and the achievement of de-familialization. Finally, notwithstanding the difficulty of foreseeing the future in a time of crisis, there is an attempt to look ahead.

Keywords:   poverty, poor women, Sweden, United, social policy, standard of living, minimum income guarantee, employment policy

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