Reading a poor woman's life: Issues and dilemmas

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Listening to the voices of poor women is a major goal of feminists who are dealing with the subject of poverty; however, its implementation is far from simple. Problems of power and ethics are enmeshed with the question of how to understand these voices and how to make them heard without exploiting or distorting them. This article counters these issues in presenting a feminist reading of Miriam - a woman living in poverty and social deprivation. The feminist reading of the story sheds light on Miriam's limited opportunities, the nature of her difficulties, and her struggle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-102
Number of pages16
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2005


  • Interpretation
  • Life story
  • Poverty
  • Women
  • Women's voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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