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Gender, Inequality & the State (LAW-987-001)
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This seminar examines gender, inequality and social policy in the United States. We will examine the feminization of poverty, as well as how the welfare bureaucracy, tax policy, and other government programs reinforce gender, class and racial inequality. We will discuss in detail some of the significant public policies and social welfare programs that affect the lives of women and their families, including welfare, job training, child care subsidies, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, employer-sponsored retirement savings, long-term care, health insurance, family and medical leave, taxes, credit, housing, child protective services, child support, and nutritional assistance. The course will emphasize the role that public interest lawyers, pro bono attorneys, government policy makers and advocates can play in shaping responses to the challenges faced by low and middle income families in the fragile economic recovery. This course is designed for students with an interest in poverty law, social policy or gender and governance.
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