Crapo (2013, section 9.4) refers to the term “the feminization of poverty ” as a social process or theory that involves alienating women into social classes based on their gender. As a result women and their children are at greater risk of poverty. As history has documented female inequality throughout the expansion of our own culture, women have faced similar obstacles cross- culturally. With industrialized societies adapting to economic stimulation and population growth, the wage gap between men and women remain widespread.
The phenomenon in which women represent disproportionate percentages of the world’s poor was first explored by Diana Pearce in 1978(Chant,2008). Anthropologist’s soon referred to “feminization of poverty” to highlight the deep rooted problem of poverty among women globally. The problem for women continues to grow as societies adapt to the acceptance of poverty and to single head of households ran by women. Interrelated facets such as low income, social bias, motherhood and living arrangements continue to feed the cycle of poverty.
” It is this ideology regarding gender inequality that plagues a culture and influences the society as a whole.” As a society adapts to change, cultures often veer towards technology, social-organization and ideology of the more dominant societal structure. Human culture systems do not remain stable forever and external influences inevitably the US economy is stratified.
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