Feminization of Poverty

Feminizationof Poverty


Feminizationof Poverty

Whatdo you think the author means by that term?

Inmy opinion, the author, Crapo, tries to stipulate that a largeproportion of women are in poverty compared to men, in the society.The author epitomizes his position by inferring that women are moresusceptible to living in poverty based on factors such as singlemother situations, high unemployment, lack of income, and inadequateresources, among others. However, feminist organizations andactivists have discredited this idea citing sexism and inequality[ CITATION Ric13 l 1033 ].Crapo’s assertion comes from the basis that women spend more timetaking care of the household and kids, hence do not participate ineconomic activities. In 2009, the United States Census Bureaurecorded 55 percent female population living in poverty[ CITATION Ric13 l 1033 ].

Whywould women be more vulnerable to living in poverty?

Accordingto Crapo (2013), a large percentage of women are single mothers, anequivalent of three times the number of single fathers. Women havehad difficult times managing household chores, family, and acquiringa job. As a result, they are highly prone to poverty. Additionally,the lack of sufficient income creates a vicious cycle of povertywhere they are unable to acquire social provisions such as educationand health care[ CITATION Ric13 l 1033 ].Discriminatory practices among women are one of the major concerns inthe society, leading to inequalities in income and wealth.

Whatcultural factors might contribute to that?

Thereare myriad cultural and social restrictions that have contributed tothe plight of women being very vulnerable to poverty. For instance,some social and cultural practices in different societies, such asthe Muslim, exclude women from income-earning activities. On theother hand, some cultures discriminate women against benefits such aseducation and also subject them to female genital mutilation andearly marriages[ CITATION Ric13 l 1033 ].Finally, theprevalence of social and economic instability in the society limitseconomic prosperity among women.


Crapo, R. H. (2013). Cultural Anthropology: Understanding Ourselves and Others. New York: McGraw-Hill.