The globalization of the world's economy and the deepening interdependence among nations are profoundly changing the parameters of social development in all countries. More than one billion people in the world today live in unacceptable conditions of poverty. Most of these are the women who live in developing countries. Public resources are allocated by legislators who, by and large, are men. Therefore public monies are directed to male priorities: war, spying, rocketry, exploration of outer space while women and children go unfed, unhoused, are unsafe in their neighborhoods, and suffer medical neglect. The economic systems under which we now live allow a significant disparity of resources between rich and poor.


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