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date: 28 September 2023


The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Valentine M. MoghadamValentine M. Moghadam, Rachel G. FuchsRachel G. Fuchs

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Comparative History

Since the 1980s studies on the proliferation of female‐headed households and research into the social impacts and gender‐specific effects of neoliberal economic policies have led to increased attention to what has become known as the “feminization of poverty.” The perception has grown around the globe that poverty is becoming increasingly feminized, that is, that an increasing proportion of the world's poor is female. The feminization of poverty was a key concern of the women's caucus of the World Summit on Social Development held in Copenhagen in ... ...

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