Nancy Amidei's final presentation as Belle S. Spafford visiting scholar at the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work will be a discussion of the feminization of poverty.
She will discuss it Friday, June 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graduate School of Social Work Auditorium. The public is invited to the free speech, which will be followed by a reception."The feminization of poverty is continuing despite six years of economic recovery," Amidei said. "The trends in Utah are not much different from national trends."
The talk will be based on an update of the landmark report, "Women and Children: Alone in Poverty," distributed by a federal council on economic opportunity. Students in her seminar on poverty have updated the report and applied the findings to Utah.
"Many of the gains of the '80s for women heads of households are effectively canceled by rising costs of shelter," she said. "It is now a little easier for women to be in the work force. Child care is a little more available. Child support is collected a little more frequently, but the high cost of housing cancels out the progress."
She says lack of affordable housing along the Wasatch Front is a serious problem for women. "Housing in Utah is the most expensive where the majority of the population lives. Fifty percent to 70 percent of a family's income goes to housing. When you consider women make only 54 cents of a man's dollar in Utah, it's a severe hardship."