Re: WOMEN ISSUES as they relate to income and economic inequality. Enough!

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:08 am, #5
by janebird21
When I first read through the site’s highlights of the 2016 Oxfam Briefing Summary - Women and the 1% I thought the language… harsh.

“This publication clearly indicates that because the Woman Rights Movement is not directly confronting economic inequality, it is indirectly and inextricably linked to economic inequality in a negative way.”

Really? Could economic inequality be undermining such a beneficial movement; could they really be linked? Well, the short answer is YES! and the reasonings are clearer than expected. In fact, so clear, it is simply infuriating.

The summary does well in describing the benefits of gender equality and how equal participation drives economic growth, an easy concept I learned back in high school Geography. All these years later, I still remember my teacher explaining that when a country increases the literacy rate for women, the resulting outcome is an increase in economic growth for the entire country. Women’s equality movement = good.

However, are we seeing the maximum benefits of these social movements? Are WOMEN benefiting? Sadly, not in countries with high economic inequality and tax regulations rigged to benefit only the wealthiest. This small group disproportionally receives and hoards the benefits associated with economic growth. The final cherry on top, most of these individuals are men.

“Earlier this year, Oxfam revealed that 62 individuals own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people.1”
Sad, sad, sad.