Dr. Lisa D. Brush's Book "Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Dr. Lisa D. Brush's Book "Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy"

In her book, Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2011), Brush explores how the physical abuse and other coercive control some men perpetrate on their current and former wives and girlfriends produce and reproduce women’s poverty, their ability to comply with welfare eligibility requirements, and their progress toward safety and solvency through paying jobs.

Brush’s data included interviews with women in welfare-to-work programs, administrative records, and materials from a community literacy project.

The book explores:

               • How conflicts at home can follow women to work.

               • Why waged work is not necessarily the solution to all social problems.

               • How the combination of lack of jobs and control in personal relationships

               undermines a woman’s ability to succeed in life.

               • Why some policies must change to improve the situation.

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