Noticing Gender (or Not) in Disasters


Seager, Joni. 2005. “Noticing Gender (or Not) in Disasters.” Social Policy 36 (2): 29-30.

Author: Joni Seager


The article focuses on the gender disparity among New Orleans victims of Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005. While mass media acknowledged that a disproportionate number of black residence of New Orleans were left behind, few noticed that more women were affected by the storm then men. This pattern has held in several natural disasters, such as the Kobe, Japan earthquakes of 1995 and the Southeast Asia Tsunami in December, 2004. The plight of poverty stricken women worldwide is discussed in detail.

Topics: Economies, Poverty, Environment, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Women Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 2005

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