Women and the Welfare State

Written from a radical feminist approach, this paper argues against the modern welfare state.

In light of the budget cuts and associated protests that have dominated political life in Canada through the 1990s and into the twenty-first century – and given the prominence of feminist groups in challenging these cuts – it may come as a surprise to many to find that feminists are ambivalent about the modern welfare state. This essay will argue that, from a feminist perspective, the social welfare state mirrors the conflicting attitudes and paradoxical expectations of society with regard to women.