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Crapo (2013, section 9.4) refers to the term “the feminization of poverty ” as a social process that isolates women, by discrimination, sexism and bias. This treatment towards women is one issue making poverty a growing trend. All human culture systems involve interrelated facets that can include: social bias, low income, environment and multiple layered frameworks.

Obstacles for women’s rights have been a long historical battle and while women are gaining momentum the wage gap between men and women still remain widespread. Sen(1990) wrote, “Social and cultural norms prevent women from access to formal employment.”  Women typically had the responsibility of caring for the children and maintaining the household. Therefore women fell below the poverty line and rarely stepped outside their domestic roles. This in turn placed limitations on the networking and communications with the outside world which in turn limited opportunities for formal employment.

Diana Pearce in 1978…

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