At the end of April–the month in which “Equal Pay Day” calls calls attention to the gender wage gap–Joy of Resistance will take an even deeper look into the overall economic situation of women–by rebroadcasting a program based on a Left Forum panel (2013) entitled “The Wealth Gap: Have we really come a long way?”
Four great guests examine how the current attacks on social services in the U.S. and Europe (“austerity policies”), plus attacks on union jobs where women predominate, are combining with a women’s wealth gap that is the result of centuries of discrimination, to produce a growing economic crisis for the majority of women.
Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala on her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net”–and the intersections of race, class and immigrant status on the economics of women’s lives.
London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff on her paper: Austerity is an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain, Europe and the U.S. are taking their biggest toll on women.
Playright/Author Barbara Garson on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are toughest but then lose power and authority to men as family wealth increases.
The panel was moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward.