Feminization of poverty

set of poverty phenomena that most frequently affect women

Feminization of poverty means today women are more likely to be poor than men, and the number of poor women is going up. Poverty means not having enough money for basic needs such as food, water, shelter, or toilets. There are several causes for the feminization of poverty.

  • Sexism
  • Unemployment
  • Lone mother households
  • Lower income - although in some places it is illegal to pay a woman less than a man for doing the same work, the practice still occurs.
Women and children are poorer more often than men.

References change

  • Chant, Sylvia (2006). "Re-thinking the "feminization of poverty" in relation to aggregate gender indices" (PDF). Journal of Human Development. 7 (2): 201–220. doi:10.1080/14649880600768538. S2CID 3158321.
  • http://www.sarpn.org.za/documents/d0001563/Women_work_UNIFEM.pdf[permanent dead link]