Why Are Poor Women Poor?

Our feel-good narratives put the burden back on the oppressed and let rich countries off the hook

New York Times Opinion
Sep 12 · 6 min read
A woman balances a small, upside-down table on her head, using it to carry things; there’s a blue tarp tent in the background
A woman balances a small, upside-down table on her head, using it to carry things; there’s a blue tarp tent in the background
An Ethiopian woman carrying a table on her head in the Amhara region of Senbete, Ethiopia on October 28, 2018. Photo: Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images

By Serene J. Khader

Sometimes solutions solve problems. Sometimes they go in search of them. And sometimes they deflect attention from what the problems really are.

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