Event: A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit with Joanne Meyerowitz (5/17)Historians in the News
tags: poverty, global history, finance, virtual history, Microcredit
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In the 1970s, US economists, policymakers, and activists joined a war on global poverty. They rejected the notion that economic growth would trickle down to the poor, and they increasingly positioned women as economic actors who could help lift nations out of destitution. In the 1980s, as faith in the market impinged on faith in the state, tiny loans to impoverished women displaced more ambitious proposals for redistribution. A War on Global Poverty tracks the route from modernization to microcredit and shows how anti-poverty efforts came to focus on women as the deserving poor.
Joanne Meyerowitz is the Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. She earned her BA from the University of Chicago and her PhD from Stanford University. Her publications include How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States (2002), the edited volume History and September 11th (2003), and more recently, “180 Op-Eds: Or How to Make the Present Historical,” Journal of American History (2020). She is a former editor of the Journal of American History and a past president of the Organization of American Historians.
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