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Robin Andersen

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Chapter 16: Women, Welfare, and the United States Media

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Women, Welfare, and the United States Media
Women, welfare, and the United States media
RobinAndersen

On a segment of ABC's PrimeTime Live (February 16, 1995), host Diane Sawyer featured a group of teenage mothers receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC): “To many people, these girls are Public Enemy No. 1.” Addressing them directly, she continued, “You know, a tax payer at home will say, ‘Why should I pay for your mistakes?’ ” Poor, unmarried teen mothers were similarly singled out by Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter (1994) as the root of “every threat to the fabric of this country” (p. 41). Themes of guilt and shame were constructed by Alter and Wingert (1995) in another Newsweek cover story on February 6, 1995. Poor young women were ...

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