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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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Sweden: The Feminization of Poverty?

Sweden: The Feminization of Poverty?

Poor Women in Rich Countries

Diane Sainsbury (Contributor Webpage)

Ann Morissens

Oxford University Press

This chapter initially presents the specific matrix of Swedish policies that has contributed to low poverty rates, with special emphasis on women's employment and social rights. It then describes the challenge to the Swedish welfare state in the 1990s — an era of economic crisis and retrenchment — and the major policy responses. The main part of the chapter offers an analysis of the economic situation of solo mothers and single elderly women in the middle of the first decade of this century (mid-2000s), taking 1990 as benchmark for comparison. Central to the analysis is the question of whether policy changes since 1990 have led to a feminization of poverty in Sweden.

Keywords:   Sweden, poor women, low poverty rates, employment, social rights, welfare state, single elderly women, single mothers

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