What`s Killing Poor White Women? Student`s
What`sKilling Poor White Women?
What`sKilling Poor White Women?
Thereis a general increase in life mortality rate amongst the poor whitewomen in America. Monica Potts provided a historical explanation anddramatic examples of the reducing life expectancy of the poor whitewomen. The life expectancy for unlearned Hispanic and black women inthe United States has increased since 1990, yet for the uneducatedwhite women dropped in record five years. This paper aims to agreewith the article Potts, Monica. "What’s Killing Poor WhiteWomen?" TheAmerican Prospect (2013).
Educationhas a correlation with the health of the young ladies. Those thatmanage to clear their college and high school education tend to livelonger as compared to the ones that drop out of school. Life tends tobe more cumbersome to the less educated. Also, hope is lowered tothis individuals. It is out-rightly stated that “Researchers havelong known that high-school dropouts like Crystal are unlikely tolive as long as people who have gone to college.” (Potts 5). Onequestions where one would secure employment after dropping out ofschool at age 16. Further, the white women with low income and lowliteracy degree tend to smoke and drink and further, abuse theprescription of drugs such as meth. It is asserted that meth andalcohol kill at a faster rate (Landes 78)
Mostof the women live below the poverty line. They cannot sufficientlyafford necessary facilities and entirely depend on a single source ofincome within the family. The sole source of income reduces thesocialization of the other partner. It is mentioned that “Nearly aquarter live in poverty, and Crystal was among them for most of hermarried life, she relied on income from her husband’s disabilitychecks” (Potts 4). The meager earnings have a tremendous effect onthe health of the young ladies. They can hardly get good food for thedaily survival. The poverty shock psychologically affects the youngwomen. The stress and strain lead to immature deaths.
Thewhite woman involvement in extreme hard labor. Research indicate thatwomen work the hardest by proving emotional attachments for theirfamilies. That is influencing the lives of the ladies from the south.It is in such low-income societies of the South that women arehomemakers and mandated to raise the children, and presently alsobuilding their husbands. It was explicitly stated that “More andmore, data show that poor women are working the hardest and earningthe most in their families but can’t take the credit for being thebreadwinners. Women do the emotional work for their families, whilemen reap the most benefits from marriage.” (Potts 10) Such excessand unmerited labor imposed on the women is fast killing the whiteladies at a tender age (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor & Smith 34).
Thelack of access to decent health care accounts for rising cases of lowlife expectancy. Monica paints the picture of poor Medicareattention. Poverty could not allow them to seek proper medicalattention. Some diseases kill at a faster rate if not well managedand treated promptly. Poverty coupled with ignorance is a diseasethat kills unexposed tender white women. “Linda has her ownexplanation: “Her heart exploded.” And, in a way, it had”(Potts 12)
Inconclusion, it is notable Monica Potts paints a picture ofdesolation, little opportunities and lack of access to proper medicalfacilities and real food accounts the low life expectancy of theyoung white women.
DeNavas-Walt,Carmen, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith. Incomeand poverty in the United States: 2014.United States Census Bureau, 2015.
Landes,David S. Wealthand poverty of nations.Hachette UK, 2015.
Potts,Monica. "What’s Killing Poor White Women?." TheAmerican Prospect (2013).
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