According to the findings of our Count Her In Report, nearly a third of Oregon's women and girls are struggling to make ends meet. The causes and effects of economic fragility are deeply intertwined, and blaming individuals takes away from the systemic issues at play.
This week's call to action recognizes the persistent cultural myths about women that contribute to the "feminization of poverty." The resources below provide important information that will help you move conversations away from limiting narratives of women in poverty.
Actively debunk myths about women and poverty.
When you hear someone spreading a common misconception – myths like women “self-select” into lower wage jobs, or people in poverty are poor because they simply don’t want to work – speak up! Equip yourself with the facts. These myths are often used to justify inaction and oppressive policies.
Everyday Feminism: These 5 Statistics Prove that We're Feminizing Poverty (And Keeping Women Down in the Process)
PBS Podcast Series: Busted: America's Poverty Myths
Logo: LGBT People More Likely Than Peers To Live In Poverty, New Study
Oxfam America: 5 Myths about the Working Poor in America
Jamelle Bouie: Mind the Gap