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While women have made a number of advances in gaining equal rights, poverty continues to be a prevalent issue facing large numbers of women. Even though women continue to make strides towards securing equal pay, advancing in their careers, and family lives, they are still stifled by major setbacks related to poverty. Women are more likely the be impoverished than men and more likely to face hardships related to finances and job security.
A recent report by Maria Shriver in partnership with the Center for American Progress, provides a look at the economic challenges, an estimated 42 million women, are faced with in modern times. The report examines the results of surveys provided to 3,500 American women, that attempt to paint a portrait of the challenges faced by them. The report highlights that low-income women, largely, express wishes related to being enabled to invest in education and other opportunities to aid in their income mobility and security.
The establishment of safety net programs has assisted many women from being lifted out of poverty; the deconstruction of such programs will disproportionately impact the very women aiming to improve their lives. Professor of Social Policy at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Mimi Abramovitz, highlights that cuts to government programs and services directly constructs a “war” against women. Continued attacks on government programs designed to decrease economic inequalities is contributing to the continued oppression of women. In dismantling government safety net programs, the equal rights that women have continuously fought for are becoming directly challenged.
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