The Attack on Women & Welfare
The burden of welfare reform falls overwhelmingly on poor women of color, yet discussions in Washington, state capitals and in the media scrupulously avoid mentioning gender, race and class. The public is told that support for the needy is dangerous and corrupting and furthermore there is no money for such programs. The new welfare law ends a 61-year federal government commitment to help the poor. What will be the consequences?
Recorded at the Brecht Forum.
Mimi Abramovitz is a professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work. She has written extensively on the issues of women, poverty and social policy. She is the author of Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the U.S..