In one word, how would you describe poverty?
Poverty is an economic condition in which a family’s income and resources are not enough to meet basic needs. Social inequality is the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and privilege in a society. Income inequality is when people have different amounts of money due to unequal access to resources.
Understanding Social Inequality and Poverty
Poverty: An economic state in which a person or community lacks the financial resources and essentials for a minimum standard of living. Social Inequality: The lack of equal opportunities and outcomes for different social classes or groups. Income Inequality: The unequal distribution of wages and income among individuals or households within a given society.
What do you think is the most effective way to address social inequality and poverty?
- Provide job training and education
- Encourage businesses to increase their minimum wage
- Increase government subsidies and welfare programs
- Implement a universal basic income
In 2018, 41.7 million people in the US were living in poverty. The US has the greatest income inequality among developed countries. In 2017, the US had the highest poverty rate among wealthy countries. https://youtu.be/HQvetA1P4Yg
What do you think are the causes of social inequality and poverty in our world today?
What can we do as individuals to help reduce poverty and social inequality in our communities?
Do you think that social inequality and poverty is a solvable problem? Why or why not?