There is a stigma associated with women that are supported by government aid, especially single mothers. The women on welfare are often treated poorly because people think they are ‘working the system’. Tax payers feel as if the single mothers on welfare perpetuated their own poverty by having children that they cannot support, just for a bigger welfare check. They often assume that these women do not work and just live off government handouts. I know of mothers that fit this stereotype; adults still living in their parents houses, rent free, with several children from multiple fathers. The women I know do not work and they are hardly good parents. They fit the description of the stereotypically single mother on welfare; they are lazy and selfish and trying to get more aid than they actually qualify for.
There are experts who have extensively studied the relationship between women and welfare. These experts have educational backgrounds in political science, economics, sociology, women and gender studies and law and policy. The authors that most effectively deal with the problem of societies condemnation of women on welfare have studied in the fields of women’s studies and sociology; Joanne Goodwin, Diane Purvin and Kathleen Mullan Harris, Charles Reich, respectively.
Joanne Goodwin’s research and teaching interests are in 20th century U.S. history with a specialization in women and gender history. Her major publications include: Gender and the Politics of Welfare Reform the Encyclopedia of Women in American History, 3 vols. which she co-edited. Goodwin earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Michigan (Goodwin).
Kathleen Mullan Harris is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests are in the areas of family, poverty and social policy. Her current work looks at the impact of employment and receiving welfare on the well-being of children. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Harris).
Diane Purvin received her Ph.D. in 2004 from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where she worked on a major study of welfare reform and family well-being. Her postdoctoral training was in Risk & Resiliency in Child & Adolescent development. She conducted research on domestic violence among diverse low-income and welfare-reliant families. She also participated in several state policy committees through the Massachusetts Coalition against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (Purvin).
Charles A. Reich is an American legal and social scholar as well as writer and a Professor at Yale Law School. Reich has always been interested in advocating for the rights of individuals that he felt we repressed by the government. Reich believed that the individual’s right to privacy and autonomy were not sufficiently protected (Citron).
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