Kanji, Shireen (2004). The route matters: poverty and inequality among lone-mother households in Russia. Feminist Economics, 10(2)
Using the case of Russia, this paper takes issue with the stereotype of lone mothers as the poorest women in society, with the most disadvantaged children. Analysis of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey suggests there is enormous diversity in the material circumstances & livelihoods of lone mothers. Complementing the diversity of lone mothers' experiences is the finding that women who live with male partners, but who are responsible economically for their households, face problems much like those of lone mothers. The structural inequities that result from combining paid labor with unpaid care & childrearing have particularly adverse consequences for lone mothers & for women who bear the brunt of maintaining their households. While this analysis emphasizes the different aspects of the falsely homogenizing category "lone mother," it also recognizes the structural disadvantages shared by lone mothers & other women in Russia today. 7 Tables, 31 References. Adapted from the source document.