Women and Their Struggles with Life

Topics: Homelessness, Mental disorder, Drug addiction Pages: 5 (1684 words) Published: August 17, 2013
Women and Their Struggles with Life
Stephanie Hernandez
March 30, 2013
Steven Watkins

A woman struggles in our society regardless if she has a home or if she is homeless. There are often several reasons we are seeing these issues in women today. For instance they may have families to support, they may not have a job, some may have addictions, or there may be some with no means of financial support. These are just some of the issues surrounding women and their struggles in life. We hope that after reading this essay you will have come to some realization and understand of why women today are struggling. Most all women in our society have families with children. This means that they must have a way to financially support themselves as well as their children. This is very hard to do if a woman does not have a job. In an article published by (American Psychologist, 1991) 30% of the homeless population, were women and children. The numbers are increasing everyday in the society in which we live. Most homeless women do not have jobs to support their families or they have a problem getting a job. The reason is because most jobs that they find pay lower wages according to the (National Coalition on Homelessness). Unfortunately, this is why they cannot afford housing, food or childcare expenses. Most woman that do not fit in the homeless category that get out and work a job, are faced with some of the same issues. It is hard for them to find a job that pays more than minimum wage, they have child care expenses, and on top of this they have a home to run as well. Almost every woman that works is faced with a higher amount of domestic workload (Housework) than a man. The man only contributes a small part to what the woman does. She is usually works a job, takes care of the family, and runs the home as well. The majority of all women have at least two children in their families to support. Although some women are employed and others are homemakers who; take care of the children, clean the home, prepare the meals do the shopping for the home and make sure that everything is running smoothly in the home. All of this can be a struggle in itself. Women who live out on the street often look at themselves as homemakers, because they may feel sometimes helpless to society and homemakers often feel the same. The reason most women feel this way is because they have a lack of income to help support with the expenses of life. Often women in our society struggle because that they never get the proper education that they need or they have never tried to get an education. In today’s society an education is very important especially when you are out looking for a job. In years past women looked at it in this way grow up, get married, have children, then take care of your family. In today’s society it is not that simple. An education has become an essential part of one’s life. It is a must in order to get a job. The way that thing are today have changed, if you do not have a High School Diploma or GED you will not get a job. Our society requires it just to get a job at McDonald’s. So it is very important for a woman to get their education. According to an article written in the (Journal of Higher Education p.9) “To appreciate the pattern women’s education as it now is, we need to see it as part of the struggle in which women sought equal recognition with men in our political, economic, and intellectual, life.” In other words for women to be on the same level with men they always have competed. Although, there are still women in our society today that do not have any educational background. So if a woman has no job or does not have an education how, will she is able to support herself or a family. This is another terrifying struggle that she may have to face in her life. Some women are married and have spouses to help them financially. Others rely on means such as social security, disability, or other family member’s to help with...

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