Women and Poverty

On the subway a few days ago, I picked up a Metro newspaper on the seat beside me.  I came across this letter to the editor written by a Mr. Henry T. Gaudsmith:

“President Obama is dragging his feet in getting the economy back to normal.  He seems satisfied with a low-performing economy and is allowing it to stagnate as the United States economy did during the great depression.”  Mr. Gaudsmith claims that “what needs to be done is simple to accomplish.”  One of his solutions is to “reduce the number of individuals in a household that are working.”  In more specific terms, he wants “women (to) return to their former duties.”  However, if a woman happens to be the “best-educated of the (household) unit” he allows some choice regarding who would enter the workplace.

Meanwhile, there are fourteen Roman Catholic “Nuns on the Bus” who are on a nine-state tour educating the rest of us about the Republican House budget that would cut programs that support the poor.  They are out on the road in spite of recent criticism from the Vatican that nuns in America spend too much of their time focusing on social issues.

The nuns believe they have to speak up for those who are suffering in society.  According to the recent government census, single mothers are the hardest hit of all.  More than 40% of women who head families are now living in poverty.

So which is the best course to take?  As a single mom,  I think I’ll put my faith in the nuns who make it their job to speak up about injustice.


About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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One Response to Women and Poverty

  1. friedmin says:

    Right on, Sistah! Great piece, and love the picture of overflowing bus. xo

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