Poverty in the U.S.
Women, Settlements, and Poverty
The article talks about advocating forming "settlement houses", as they were set in private non-profit organizations in poor neighborhoods to encourage social welfare amongst its residents.
In cities like New York and Chicago, these residents were occupied by poor immigrants that came to work in American factories. One of the most famous settlements is Chicago's Hull House founded by Jane Addams who was a social pioneer for the movement, and New York's Henry Street Settlement that was established by a nurse named Lillian Wald.
These women who encouraged social structure, saw poverty in a different way. How it is up to the people who are well-off and educated to distinguish the problems in poverty.
Causes of poverty
1. Unemployment - 60.16%
2. Overcrowding - 44.68%
3. Widowhood - 20.44%
4. Chronic physical disability other than tuberculosis - 27.30%
5. Temporary physical disability other than accident - 19.68%
6. More than three children under 14 - 18.88%
7. Intemperance - 16.66%
8. Less than 5 years in New York City - 16.28%
9. Tuberculosis - 12.88%
10. Desertion and persistent non-support - 12.12%
Many of these reasons would be drastically different today, however some of them are certainly still the same. Unemployment is currently one of the biggest problems the US is currently facing.