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date: 01 July 2022

Women: Overviewlocked

Women: Overviewlocked

  • Ruth A. BrandweinRuth A. BrandweinStony Brook University, Emerita

Summary

This overview article introduces the topic of women, beginning with general demographic information. The section on poverty and inequality, which follows, describes the gender differences and delineates some reasons why women are poor and unequal. Issues of child care, welfare, and education are explored. Interpersonal violence and sexual trafficking are discussed, followed by a discussion of health and mental health issues affecting women, including access to health care. The role of women as well as women social workers in politics is briefly explored. Throughout, attention is paid to intersectionality. The article concludes with a discussion of current trends and challenges, with a brief examination of changes in policies affecting women from the Obama presidency to the end of the Trump administration in 2020, including implications for social justice, as well as implications for social work.

Subjects

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health Care and Illness
  • Macro Practice
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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