Naila Kabeer's Gender, Poverty, And Inequality?

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It is not uncommon for women across the world to work both outside and within the home on any given day. Women 's work in the formal sector is necessary for economic survival, but their families cannot endure without the work they also put in at home. For many women, the workday does not end when they leave their jobs, but not till many hours later when the children, their spouses, and the home have been taken care of. Beneria and Sen refer to this as the “double day”. The reality of the double day holds important insights into understanding the ways in which the push for economic growth as the main form of development disadvantages women. In Naila Kabeer 's article, Gender, Poverty, and inequality: a brief history of feminist contributions…show more content…
Beneria and Sen say, " male migration to urban areas in search of work have forced women in Ghana to take up additional tasks in subsistence agricultural production, lengthening and intensifying their work days" (288). This means that while men moved away from the home women were left to additionally, take over male positions in the field, and continue their work in agriculture, and at home. This is a concept Kabeer refers to a 'time poverty ' (194), where the amount of work one has significantly outweighs the amount of time they have to complete said work. Moreover, many women did not, or were not allowed to move with their husband 's to the urban centers due to the social connotations applied with being an urban woman (Boserup Chapter 9. 145). This revisits a previous point concerning how women 's social status, and role, plays into their freedoms and restraints in the economic center. If they are meant to be in the home, than being in the city not only physically places them outside of their designated space, but also culturally paints them as 'bad women ' who are defying their roles. The influence of urbanization as the epicenter of economic gains and growth is the final way the shift towards economic growth, as a form of development, damaged

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