economics: poverty and feminism?

23 Apr

70 percent of the world’s poor are women, according to a report on AlterNet. Additionally, women over 65 years old in the US are twice as poor as their male counterparts. The report attributes this to the “caregiving” work of most older women and a lot of younger women. In fact, salary.com says that a mother’s care work is worth about $100,000 a year.

The government in the US (and some other developed countries) completely fails to recognize the work of caregivers (female or male). It’s really counter-intuitive because without this caring work, there would be no economy. Examples of family-friendly business and governmental policies: Canada’s Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program and Sweden’s paid parental leave policies. Both offer financial support for caregivers and have had significant impacts on child developement. Really, it’s an investment in the future.

We (the US) should step up, man.

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One Response to “economics: poverty and feminism?”

  1. nicotineandmint April 24, 2007 at 9:31 am #

    yeah, and can we talk about fraternal leave in norway? i think i like it. but they get paid in the first place. i just don’t know. i was for it until just now.

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