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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)
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▪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)
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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@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.

damemagazine.com/2018/04/12/wom…

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@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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