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Forgotten FamiliesEnding the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy$
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Jody Heymann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335248

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335248.001.0001

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Economic and Gender Inequalities

Economic and Gender Inequalities

(p.113) 5 Economic and Gender Inequalities
Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the implications of the transformations on family income, the ability of children and parents to exit poverty, and the degree of equality between girls and boys, men and women. It attempts to answer the following: First, as parents have moved from trading their labor in kind to being paid in cash, from controlling their own hours to answering to an employer, from working with their children right by their sides to working far from home, what has happened to their economic security? Are parents able to succeed in formal and informal workplaces, in cities and towns transformed by the global economy, at the same time as rearing their children? Do low- and middle-income families have the same chance of succeeding? What about women and men? In general, adults living in poverty absolutely need work to survive, let alone prosper, and children dearly need adults to raise them.

Keywords:   family income, children, parents, poverty, gender equality, economics

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