To address these questions, Women and Poverty brings together research and theory from social psychology, policy studies, and critical and feminist scholarship. The synthesis and application of these perspectives to women s poverty is one of the key features of this book, providing readers with a multifaceted appreciation of the underlying causes of poverty and the policies that promote economic justice. Positioning classism as a pervasive source of inequity, women s experiences of poverty and class–based discrimination are examined at the individual, intergroup, and institutional levels.
1 Women and Poverty: An Ongoing Crisis 1
2 Structural Sources of Women s Poverty and Homelessness 16
3 Beliefs about Poverty, Wealth, and Social Class: Implications for Intergroup Relations and Social Policy 40
4 Welfare Reform at 15 and Beyond: How Are Low–Income Women and Families Faring? 70
5 Low–Income Women, Critical Resistance, and Welfare Rights Activism 104
Co–authored with Wendy M. Limbert and Roberta A. Downing
6 Women and Economic Justice: Pitfalls, Possibilities, and Promise 140