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Discussion Questions for Week 7

1. After reading the article by Alice Walker, what can we say about the role of art and artistry with respect to the feminization of poverty and American slavery?

2. What are some of the main causes of “feminized poverty� and what can we change about society in order to decrease poverty around the world?

3. Starting with the example of Emily in “I Stand Here Ironing,� what can we tell about the role of eugenics and the desire for sterility/purity in past and present society? How do these social constructs affect gender and women’s rights?