Essay on Poverty Among Women

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For centuries, gender, race, ethnicity, and age, have contributed to the social stratification of persons in society, and more specifically, for the means of this essay, women in society. In the United States for example, gender and age greatly contribute to whether or not one will be subject to a life of poverty. In Cultural Anthropology: A Problem Based Approach, Robbins discusses the book Women and Children Last by Ruth Sidel in which Sidel draws a comparison between the Titanic and American society in the 1980's. "Both were gleaming symbols of wealth that placed women and children at a disadvantage" (Robbins, 239). When the Titanic went down that night, the women and children traveling first and second-class were the first to be saved, …show more content…
While it was later discovered by Harvard biologist Edward Jay Gould that Morton's measurements were in fact erroneous, Morton's conclusions continued to support the beliefs that the social status of persons in society could be biologically based well into the twentieth century. The same way in which whites were looked at as biologically superior to blacks and American Indians applies to women as well in relation to men. Women were, and sometimes still are, looked at as biologically inferior to men and not just socially constructed as such. "Many people believed that women's bodies defined both their social position and their function, which was to reproduce, as men's bodies dictated that they manage, control, and defend" (Robbins, 253). In Alisse Waterston's book, Love, Sorrow, and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence, she discusses the paths that lead a number of women to come to live in Woodhouse, "a supervised community residence that provides formerly homeless, mentally ill women with living quarters, meals, security, structured activities and support services" (Waterston, 26). Many of these women were married, had normal jobs, and lead normal lives until certain unfortunate events changed the course of their existence. Moving around from shelter to shelter with the uncertainty of where their next meal or shower would come from, as well as the traumatic events such as death, rape, and verbal/physical abuse that these women

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