Author: Gwendolyn Mink

Gwendolyn Mink writes and teaches about U.S. equality law, poverty policy, gender issues, and American politics. She was on the faculty of the University of California-Santa Cruz from 1980-2001 and Smith College from 2001 to 2009. She is author of Welfare's End (1998; rev. ed. 2002).

Women’s Work, Mother’s Poverty: are men’s wages the best cure for women’s economic insecurity?

In the 2008 Democratic Party platform, the only provision with women in the title was one promising "Opportunity for Women." The provision pledged "that our daughters should have the same opportunities as our sons,"1 confining measurement of women's equality to our access to men's jobs and men's wages. The nomination, then election, of the first African-American presidential candidate portended and promised great change.