Unequal Burden: Economic Crises, Persistent Poverty, and Women’s Work


Benería, Lourdes, and Shelley Feldman. 1992. Unequal Burden: Economic Crises, Persistent Poverty, and Women's Work. Boulder: Westview.

Authors: Lourdes Benería, Shelley Feldman

Keywords: structural adjustment programs, developing countries, poor women, female employment


"The debt crisis and global economic changes of the 1980s caused Third World nations to restructure economic policies, community resources, the labor market, and intra-household divisions of labor. These changes swelled the ranks of the unemployed, the poor, and the malnourished. Women, in particular, were affected negatively by processes of structural adjustment because they represent a disproportionate share of the world's poor, are increasingly represented among low-wage workers, and are forced to balance wage work with subsistence and domestic production in meeting household needs. Using country-based studies, this text offers new perspectives on the consequences of economic crisis in terms of changing state practices and household and family organization, patterns of resource allocation, and women's work." 


Topics: Development, Economies, Poverty, Gender, Women

Year: 1992

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