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Feminization of Poverty in France: A Latent Issue

Claude Martin

in Poor Women in Rich Countries

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195314304
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865574 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314304.003.0003
 						Feminization of Poverty in France: A Latent Issue

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This chapter discusses women's poverty in France, particularly that of lone mothers and lone elderly women. The poverty of lone mothers stems from their position in the labor market. Lone mothers are two times more likely to be unemployed, and the majority of them for more than 1 year. Among young mothers less than age 35, the unemployment rate of lone mothers is twice that of those who are partnered (32% vs. 16%). Available data and the review of social policies, show that the poverty of lone-aged women is not a central issue in France. Aged people are universally considered the main beneficiaries of the Trente Glorieuses (30 glorious years). There is no specific measure to combat the poverty of this group.

Keywords: France; poverty; poor women; welfare system; single mothers; lone elderly women; social policy

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