The number of people living in poverty in the United States is staggering and yet to most of us those people are just statistics. A growing body of social science research clearly documents the negative consequences for the physical and mental health of people struggling to meet their basic needs (e.g. Recker Rayburn, 2007). Absent critical analysis of the historical and social factors that contribute to poverty, negative stereotypes and victim blaming arguments flourish – further perpetuating the problem (e.g. Bullock & Lott, 2001). This proposed position paper confronts and discourages this trend by shedding light on one of the largest categories of those struggling with poverty – women.
University Dialogue 2008. The Growing Divide: A University Dialogue on Poverty and Opportunity.
Durham, NH: Discovery Program, University of New Hampshire
Banyard, Victoria L., "Welfare queens or courageous survivors? strengths of women in poverty" (2008). The University Dialogue. 34.
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