Posted by: jamiealexander1 | March 14, 2013


The other day while running on the treadmill at the gym, the 700 club was the best thing on the station. However, this station did have some interesting viewpoints on the financial troubles of the United States and the Religious turmoil that they believe the world is now in. The story they were telling was the need for a longer time to make spouses stay in a relationship before they can divorce.

The narrator said that the divorce rate in the United States brings us into more of a debt, and that the future generations are not learning how to work out problems that commonly occur in marriages. By increasing the time needed before a divorce can be final, the narrator and creator of this episode were positive that most people would become happy and content with their partners again.  How you may ask does this deal with women in leadership?

The point that stuck out to me about this show was the next statistic that they popped out. They continued to say that by making people stay in marriage it would lower the amount of people in poverty. Particularly women. They said that 43 percent of women that were in poverty were divorced where as only 1 percent of women that are married are in poverty. This woke me up. With the talk on ambition today, what is this percentage saying about the women population? Without a man providing for them they will fall into poverty and not be able to get back on their feet. What can women do about this? Is this complete bologna?


  1. Wow. That’s a really interesting point. I would be really curious to see the numbers for how many men are living in poverty – married and divorced or single. I’m not sure the high number of unmarried women in poverty has a lot to do with ambition – I would almost argue that they are living in poverty and working low-paying jobs with few hours because they are struggling with single parenthood, meaning that men falling into the same categories would perhaps be living in poverty as well. Regardless, though, the implications of what the 700 Club was saying reflects the stereotypical gender roles and responsibilities in the home that we’ve been talking about in class. I think it’s ideas like this, broadcasted in the media, that prove to be detrimental to society and the fight for gender equality.

  2. I am always very intruiged when people start to bring statistics into discussion. I think that it makes people look more closely to see the facts that women are placed in this category that they can only survive financial with the support of a man or their spouse. Now considering all of the facts about women in leadership positions I think that ambition has nothing really to do with the fact a person is a male or female but rather who the person is as an individual and the morals and values that they represent. I know for me that I am a very determined individual and I don’t allow others in influence my decisions or choice to achieve my goals. I think that the only reason that women and their ability to have amabition is a discussion is becasue of the threat that upper level workers and men have. I think that they feel a threat that they may be replaced or beat by women and their achievements. I’m not saying this to rag on men but to just make a point of how I am thinking about the situation. I think that this topic can be a tad bit puzzling and can cause many issues between the two genders when it really shouldn’t. We should be happy that more people want to be ambitious, but yet we are a competitive species that always wants more and more power and control and the knowledge of realizing that nobody is above them. Its sad sometimes to think about but it happens.

  3. This is rather interesting information. I agree with Olivia when she says that single parenthood may be the main reason they live in poverty. Women are making progress in the workforce yet a main concern is home life vs work life. If the roles of parents were equal, the percentage of single men with children would match the single women with children. While gender roles often tell society that women should be the primary caretakers of the children, it does not mean that the statistics stated above are simply based on this. The statistics above might include mentally ill women, women who are forced into slavery, women who are widowed, etc. I definitely believe that there are other things at play in this statistic but it does give a good example of how media influences society, especially with the roles of women.

    I think that the ambition hardly has anything to do with the gender of a person in poverty. Like Maddie said, ambition stems from your values and morals, and most times priorities, not your gender. I think that many more factors play into poverty since I regularly volunteer with people who are homeless or are in transitional housing. Poverty should not be a a lifestyle based on whether a husband can provide for his wife and family, poverty is based on values, morals and priorities.

  4. Those statistics shocked me. While the argument about single parenthood makes the numbers more feasible, it is still surprising that there is such a jump between men and women. However, given that this came from the 700 Club, I am a little skeptical when I hear those numbers because they may have been extrapolated in order to provoke a response from viewers. For example, was this taken in one city, or maybe even a city with a significantly high or low amount of poverty? Thus, I’m not quite sure if these statistics are correct unless I hear more about the context.

    I think that you did bring up some interesting points about the relationship between poverty and leadership. Like you said, women may have a harder time simply because they have to prioritize their families, and thus are unable to reach higher level management positions. At the same time, this could stimulate the next generation (i.e. the children of the men and women in poverty) to have more ambition than their parents, or at least more opportunity for their ambition to play out. While I don’t necessarily think that new regulations on marriage and divorce is the answer to this problem, I think that it does raise the question of how we can promote women in poverty, given that their circumstances are more extreme than most of the women that we have discussed thus far in class.

  5. I would think that watching that did not help you run on the treadmill very well! I would have tripped over my own feet. Anyway, I think that divorce rates being up are certainly related to bad feelings between partners due to one being more successful or otherwise than the other. I also think that women need to take precautions when they go into a marriage. Combining assets with someone does not mean that you do not have your own income or bank account. Many women expect men to take care of them and without a security blanket, they are left with nothing in a divorce. It is shocking but true.

  6. I agree with everyone above in saying that they could have been referring to the woman being a single parent and the only one bringing in income. They could have emphasized women becaue it is usually a woman who is a single parent struggling with work and family, however, there are men who struggle with this too that show likes to focus on one specific area instead of looking at other angles of a situation.

  7. I find this story very interesting. I think that many married couples have different expectations when they wed and generally get divorced because their significant other doesn’t live up to their standards. However, I think it’s fascinating what the 700 Club said about divorced, single mothers. In many cases, the mother takes on the responsibility of caring for their child because it is their maturnal instinct. Women are not the only ones to suffer from this. There are many single dads out there. I believe that many of these cases are situational and the statistics can be skewed in some instances. It is true that women do depend on men financially, but there are relationships that exhibit the opposite.

  8. Although I found this statistic interesting I am not really buying into it. I do not really see a connection between women falling into poverty and lack of ambition. I think that there are actually more men that fall into poverty than women. I think women are generally less likely to fall into poverty especially if they have children because they have the ambition to provide for them. Even if that means working late/overtime. I know many single mothers who have worked overtime. I do not see a lack of ambition as a gender problem I see it as an environmental/genetic problem.

  9. Jamie, I think this is a really interesting idea you bring up. I don’t think women can only survive when men are providing. But I do thing the idea of learning ambition at a young age would help this situation. If we teach girls at a young age to be ambition then they may have more of a fighting chance without a man if they are divorced. I don’t think ambition leaves you when you become supported and comfortable. But I do think it is harder to teach as older ages. Thus, women should be taught before marriage to have ambition in case of divorce or single life.

  10. After doing a little research on what the 700 club was, I found out that it’s aired in front of a studio audience at the broadcasting facilities of The Christian Broadcasting Network. It’s a mix of news and commentary, interviews, feature stories, and Christian ministries. What was found in a specific broadcast regarding divorce was interesting to me. The statistics peaked my interest regarding how 43 percent of women that were in poverty were divorced where as only 1 percent of women that are married are in poverty. I disagree with these statistics because I believe that women are perfectly competent without a man in their lives. Some single women with children are the breadwinners of their family and work hard to follow their ambition. That isn’t to say that there aren’t lots of divorced women who are living in poverty, because there definitely are all over the country.Women should be educated in how they should follow their dreams and ambitions so that when they get married they aren’t just dependent on their male spouses, and thus end up in poverty if they get divorced.

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