Romney attacks welfare policy around the same time that a prominent journalist links single motherhood to the nation’s glaring class divide. Mimi Abramovitz says this distracts from what really keeps single mothers and their children down and out.
More middle-class people are accepting federal cash supports and food stamps, prompting Mimi Abramovitz to remind us that middle-class and corporate benefits that aren’t usually described as public assistance also cost tax payers plenty.
The bad news is that so many people are losing their jobs. The good news, says Mimi Abramovitz, are three new rules about jobless benefits in the Obama stimulus package that are bound to help women and correct a major gender bias.
As Obama’s economic stimulus moves through the Senate, women’s rights advocates are finding some faults. Mimi Abramovitz, for one, echoes calls for an emphasis on rebuilding the social infrastructure as well as the physical.
The bailout of Wall Street is particularly galling for women on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, says Mimi Abramovitz. They’ve already spent the past 30 years steadily losing ground without anyone seeming to notice or care.