Interview with Mimi Abramovitz Mimi Abramovitz


Dr. Mimi Abramovitz is a co-founder of WRI, Professor of Social Policy at the Silverman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York and author of several books, including her seminal, "Regulating the lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present."  This interview covers the influences in her life, her experiences and her motivations. After working in a number of jobs, including as a welfare worker and community organizer, Dr. Abramovitz  turned to academia and focused her research by applying a gender lens to bring attention to the history of welfare, highlighting the unbalanced affect on women. In the mid 1990's during the height of welfare reform, Mimi Abramavitz and Ruth Sidel were invited to develop an anti-poverty/family policy center at Hunter College. The Welfare Rights Initiative emerged out of Dr. Abramovitz's desire to counteract one of the early provisions of welfare reform that denied those on public assistance funds to pay for higher education.

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