Report: Women more likely to live in poverty than men

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Young women vote overwhelmingly for Democrats – is it working for them?

Brad Wilcox tweeted this article from the leftist The Daily Progress. Let’s see what it says, then I’ll comment.

The article identifies three reasons why women are poorer than men: single motherhood, divorce and the “pay gap”.


During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty.

These are women who raised children and cared for sick and elderly family members, often taking what savings and income they had and spending it on things besides their own retirement security.

The National Institute on Retirement Security, a nonprofit research center, reports that women are 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older. Women age 75 to 79 are three times more likely.

While experts cite a pay gap as a major cause for retirement insecurity, other factors play a role, from single parenthood and divorce to the fact that women typically live longer than men.

Dr. Wilcox makes the point that this poverty is due to a retreat from marriage. That’s true. But look at the three factors the left-wing article itself cites: single motherhood, divorce and pay gap. Are these policies instances of women being victimized, or are their problems self-inflicted?

1) Single motherhood is caused by the welfare policies that young women favor when they vote overwhelmingly for bigger government. If we take money from working taxpayers, or borrow it from the next generation, and we give it to women to pay them to have fatherless children, then more women will do this. And of course this is a path to poverty. There just isn’t enough money to steal from taxpayers or borrow from future taxpayers to pay for women to have children with no man in the home who can provide for those children. People do more of what you pay them to do. The more money we give to single mothers, the more fatherless children we get, and it creates a host of problems that we can’t continue to pay for as a society, e.g. – crime. The mistake was paying women to make poor decisions in the first place, but welfare spending a policy that most young, unmarried women support. They’re not victims, they’re doing this to themselves.

This new Prager University video from Larry Elder explains why women embrace single motherhood:

We’re paying them to make bad decisions, and it creates more poverty.

2) No-fault divorce was caused by the radical feminism that many young, unmarried women support. This policy was brought in to make it easy for women to divorce without having to have a good reason (70% of divorces are initiated by women, mostly over “unhappiness”). Feminists don’t like the idea of being “constrained” to marry a man because he is a good provider, protector and moral/spiritual leader. A strong man is intimidating – he will want to make decisions and lead, and we can’t let him do that. A better idea is to marry a man who doesn’t provide, protect or lead – that way, we don’t have to respect him or let him lead. Naturally, when this entertaining, irresponsible man is unable to provide, then women divorce him and find themselves poor and unable to remarry – having lost their youth and beauty to “fun” men. No-fault divorce is not a policy that men supported. It is a policy that feminists supported, because they want to be able to nuke relationships that don’t make them feel happy. The most volatile, short-lived relationships are lesbian relationships, because women naturally expect relationships to fulfill them instead of expecting relationships to be tough and challenging. There just isn’t a path to prosperity for women into old age if they value feeling happy over self-sacrificial love and moral obligations. We need to teach women to prefer marriage-capable of men instead of fun, entertaining, no-leadership men. We need to teach women to make commitments that override their changing feelings. The problem of divorce is self-inflicted.

3) Lastly, the pay gap. I have written before about how the pay gap is largely related to women’s own choices about what to study, what job to take, and how many hours to work. It is simply not possible for a woman to earn as much as a man when she does a degree in English, women’s studies or other nonsense. Men don’t study what we want to study. We study things we hate – like petroleum engineering and software engineering. We do this so that we can provide for a wife and children, so that we can get what we we want most: respect and the (earned) authority to lead a home. Most men are commitment machines. We hate fun, we want to do hard things, and to be respected for being reliable and steady. The problem of the “pay gap” is self-inflicted.

So, in conclusion, yes – many women are poorer than men, especially as they age. But their poverty is self-inflicted. They are poor because they embraced ideas that would make them poorer. Three ideas destroyed their prosperity: single mother welfare, no-fault divorce, and following your heart in education and career. None of these things will provide women with security or prosperity – especially now that the debt has doubled to $20 trillion, and there is no more to borrow to continue the government-as-sugar-daddy plan of feminists. No amount of reassurance from pious pastors and permissive parents can save women from the consequences of their own irrational embrace of radical feminism. It turns out that there is no escape from economics, and the universe does not magically adjust to make the feelings and intuitions of entitled Disney princesses “work out”.

6 thoughts on “Report: Women more likely to live in poverty than men”

  1. There’s another application which you can also draw, that the African American Christian community in Massachusetts mentioned a year after the legalization of gender neutral marriage in the state of Massachusetts:

    It takes two biologically-differing parents to help raise children. Many of the above-mentioned single-mother families did grow up with help: often with an aunt of the child (i.e., the sister of the biological mother) or grandmother or sometimes grandaunt of the child. But even with these two women, it was not sufficient.

    “Feb. 06, 2004

    It is with a clear conscience that the Black Ministerial Alliance adds our voice to those speaking on the subject of marriage. We believe our voices are critical to the debate because of who we are and whom we represent. We are Christians with a faith that was forged from a uniquely American experience. As Black religious leaders we speak from our theological, historical and ethical understanding of the institution of marriage.

    We believe marriage to be a unique covenant established between a man and a woman. Our understanding of marriage is fundamentally rooted in our beliefs. It is a tenet seminal to Christianity, other faith traditions and also secular society. The marriage covenant is both a religious and social contract. It is the primary basis for the establishment of the rules of social engagement and community.

    We acknowledge the pain and suffering of the men and women in the gay and lesbian community who are in long term relationships. However, given the most recent opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court eliminating the possibility of Civil Unions, we support the call for a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman.

    The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc.

    The Boston Ten Point Coalition

    The Cambridge Black Pastors Conference”


    Notably, every time that a motion has been raised to attempt to have a referendum to amend the MA constitution, it has been shot down, but that’s another issue for another day.

  2. i always thought that guy preferred the “hard” subjects, the STEM subject. it always just seemed that guys preferred engineering over literature at least to me. well, i see now why my dad was adamant about getting me to do the things i hated (e.g. mathematics, info comm). perhaps the route to a safer future is less thought of by the fun-loving generation now.

  3. You kind of remind me of a neighbor from a long time past.

    When I was a child he would come and talk to the kids that lived around his house. I was just a little girl and thought he was funny. He would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I already knew I wanted to be a doctor. He would smile and tell me that was a hard job. He asked me if I knew doctors went to school for a very long time and needed to work very hard? I told him I did, but that didn’t matter to me. I would work very hard and go to school a very long time because it was my dream. Then he would smile and tell me I made a very good choice, because I would get paid very well and then I could move out of where we lived and move somewhere nice. He talked about how by becoming a doctor I could make my life better and life better for my family.

    I really have not thought of him in years, I was busy becoming a doctor. If you asked me who inspired me my mind would not jump to him, but I guess in a way he did. He was a man unafraid to speak up and out in his poor African American community.

    1. It is important for older peopel to give the benefit of their years to younger people – to give them vision about what their choices are likely to cost, and likely to achieve. He was a good man. And you did well.

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