Feminism and poverty

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    • Why are women more likely to be poor?
      • they are more dependant on men due to their responsibility for childcare
      • women have been restricted to 'womens jobs'
      • most lone-parent families are headed by women (90%)
      • women have a longer life expectancy than men (pension)
      • the glass ceiling effect
      • expected maternity leave in jobs
    • Williams (1993) - reinforcing women's dependancy
      • welfare legislation has been built upon sexist assumptions of women
        • benefits were only offered to those who worked full-time and paid national insurance
          • women at a disadvantage
      • a woman that co-inhibits eith a man may lose their entitlement to income support
        • welfare legislation has been built upon sexist assumptions of women
          • benefits were only offered to those who worked full-time and paid national insurance
            • women at a disadvantage
    • Lewis (1991) - failure to provide childcare
      • women tend to carry out the most informal care in the family
      • unpaid domestic labour is a natural part of a women's role
        • justifies the state and the employer not taking into account the elderly/disabled/sickness etc.
    • Barrett (1980) - women as cheap labour
      • we should support the ideal nuclear family
        • male is the breadwinner and the female is economically depenant
      • the state reinforces male dominance and helps capitslists

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