The Poverty Of The United States Essay

1780 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 null Page
Poverty has become a huge issue here in the United States. This issue has become even bigger for women. Women are a lot more likely to lose their job than a man here in the United States. Poverty is defined as the state of condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. The Government considers poverty as the minimal level of income that is necessary for an individual or for families to survive. In the United States the poverty threshold income for a family of 4 is $24,250 (Thibos). There are tons of people who can fall into this category of “poverty”. Women are the ones who seem to suffer the most in this category. There isn’t an exact cause as to why women are most likely to experience poverty, but there are many reasons as to why people believe they could fall into it. In this essay I will talk about the causes, consequences and the kind of benefits there are in the feminization of poverty. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the poverty threshold income is $24,250. This threshold is based off of Molly Orshansky’s calculations from 1964. This threshold came to be by using the 1962 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s economy plan’s cheapest recommended minimum nutritionally food plan and multiplying the cost of food by three. Now, 40+ years later, food makes up only about 14 percent of expenditures for most families as oppose to what it was during Orshansky’s time, which was 33 percent. If the poverty threshold changed to…

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