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The political debates over the problem of the low economic status of women typically break down the question by centering on separate groups of women: teen mothers, divorced and widowed mothers, elderly widows. Then, interested participants tailor their explanations and policy solutions to respond to the perceived needs of the specific group. These debates often are not only marginal to the business of legislatures and bureaucrats but are also ungendered, that is, they do not put into question the underlying assumptions about gender roles in private and public life.