Friday, June 06, 2008

NCRW Friday Morning Plenary (Post 3)

Sandy Morgen on Economics

Sandy Morgen recognizes the need to get issues of race, class, gender, and other areas into public debate. She also points out the importance of working on the issues of ALL WOMEN – not just some women. Morgen meditates on the historical failure of the women’s movement to address all women – and urges us to push ahead to do better in the future.

Concentrating on economic issues, Morgen points out the need for basic economic literacy for women, especially women of lower socioeconomic status and students of women’s and gender studies.

Morgen also discusses the enormous debt created for the United States by the Iraq War.

She went on to point out several statistics about poverty in the United States:
• 1 in 4 African-American, Native American, and Latina women are poor
• 16% of immigrants to the United States are poor
• 1 in 3 women are poor

Morgen emphasizes the need for AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.


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