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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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Feminization of Poverty in The United States: Any Surprises?

Feminization of Poverty in The United States: Any Surprises?

Poor Women in Rich Countries

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines women's poverty in the United States. Poverty remains feminized in the United States despite reduction in official poverty levels of both single mothers and lone elderly women since the mid-1990s. Yet, the poverty rates of both groups remain high, whether based on the very low, static, and unrealistic threshold of the United States, or more realistic, relative or absolute standards that register higher rates. Minority status stands along with gender in both risk and prevalence of poverty; and the less educated, as well, are more prone to poverty. Consequently, there is a need for anti-poverty strategies that target inequalities of gender, race, and class.

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

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