Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Women in Poverty from a Lifetime of Discrimination

Susan Bisom-Rapp (Thomas Jefferson) and Malcolm Sargeant (Middlesex Business) have posted, It's Complicated: Age, Gender and Lifetime Discrimination against Women: The US and UK as Examples.   

  • [W]omen workers suffer from multiple disadvantages during their working lives, which result in significantly poorer outcomes in old age when compared to men.
  • The poverty rate of women 65 or older is nearly double that of their male counterparts.
  • Older women of color are especially disadvantaged.
  • This is because of one, what the authors call "gender-based factors" like gender stereotyping and women’s traditionally greater roles in family caring activities.
  • Two, because of "incremental disadvantage factors" that are less overt and produce disadvantage that increases incrementally over time.

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