The talk show host and famous professor colleague Cornel West declared a “war on poverty” last year, which has invoked plenty of criticism.
Now that it’s women’s history month, Smiley’s sticking with the same mantra, but is emphasizing the importance of and addressing the problems of poor women.
“I figure if you can’t get a conversation off the ground in Women’s History Month about not women’s history, but the future of women in America, then there’s not going to be much history for women to celebrate in the future,” Smiley told TheRoot in a recent interview.
The conversation, “Made Visible: Women, Children & Poverty in America,” will be held Sunday, March 18, at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
The show will air on C-SPAN.
Other panelists include economist Julianne Malveaux and personal finance expert Suze Orman.
Smiley discussed in the interview that it’s important to focus on women’s poverty because most of them are minorities.
“There is something wrong with a nation that allows its women and children to be the persons who are falling fastest. Also, women make up over half of all Americans who are poor, and black and Latina women are more likely to be poor than white women. In 2009 and 2010, according to the census bureau a million children fell into extreme poverty.”
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