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Victoria Brownworth @VABVOX
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Somebody hire me to write about what it's like to actually live in poverty.

I can write about it from myriad vantage points:

▪As a late middle-aged woman (women 50+ are the poorest segment of US population)
▪As a #lesbian(employment discrimination is huge among lesbians)
▪As a chronically ill person (131M Americans have chronic illnesses from #cancer to #asthma that interfere with employment)
▪As a #disabled person (#disabled are the largest minority group in the US, but are most un- and under-employed)
Every time I pitch poverty as a topic, I get an eye-roll.

Poverty was barely mentioned in 2016 Hillary raised it a few times; Sanders talked about "the ghetto" and Trump said he would cut taxes, but he actually cut entitlements.

Yet 1 in 7 Americans lives in #poverty.
We hear relentlessly from politicians about the middle class. But people in poverty--nearly 80% are women--get no attention.

But the #GOP foments class resentment based on the claim that poor people are lazy grifters living off the government teat.

In reality, women in poverty are working at least one job for poverty wages.

Sanders has focused on wages at Amazon and WalMart, Gillibrand has an aggressive bill/plan for federal income wage, Harris and Warren talk housing deficits.

Even collectively that's not enough.
Much has been made about Alexandria Ocasio Cortez having "only" $7,000 in savings at 28.

That's more than HALF the annual salary of a woman working minimum wage. AOC's salary is literally TEN TIMES that of a min wage worker.
The issue is NOT that AOC has $7k--which is hardly a lot of money in America. It's that we're framing that as poverty.

I have $322.90 in "savings" at present and I am old enough to be AOC's mother.

That's what poverty is.
AOC can also get money, because middle-class people can always get loans and credit.

Poor people have no access to money. That's how payday loans became such a popular scam.

Borrow off your minimum wage check at 400%.

It's a mafia.
So while Bryce Covert's piece this morning in @thenation is good on the housing crisis Hillary and Harris have been talking about for a long time, it's a symptom of the larger issue of so much poverty in the US and how gendered that poverty is.
@thenation I wrote about women being the working class and working poor in the US here: this is how the wages line up, with Latina women faring worst.…

@thenation So as the race for 2020 begins in earnest in the coming weeks, remember that one in seven Americans is living in #poverty and that we never ever talk about it or who is the face of it: women.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk. 🌿

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