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Week 7 Questions

Alice Walker's piece speaks a lot on the idea that women (particularly black women) were once so beaten down that their mindsets became that that was what they deserved. How much do you think this plays into the discrimination against women that still exists today? Are we women our biggest critics?
The article we read on women and poverty mentioned a lot of government programs needing to be in existence to help women who are struggling on their own, or as head's of the household. In "I Stand Here Ironing," it is clear that that is something that would have greatly benefitted her, however, the programs that actually exist nowadays are constantly in jeopardy because of their consistent abuse/lack of funding. Do you think we can ever fully remedy this? If so, how?