UVA football player on hunger strike for low-wage women

News outlets across the country, including ESPN, The Nation, and the Chicago Sun Times, have been covering the Joseph Williams’ story – a University of Virginia football player who joined several other students on a hunger strike organized by the Living Wage Campaign.

Williams’ hunger strike protested the $7.25 hourly wage of some university employees. At the intersection of sports and politics, the story is about race and class, but it’s also about gender, an angle largely neglected in media coverage of the strike.

“As one of four children supported by a single mother, I have experienced many period of economic hardship in my life,” wrote Williams in an essay on reasons for striking. “On a personal level, this cause is one that hits very close to home.”

He is not alone. Thirty-four percent of families headed by working black single mothers were living in poverty in 2010.

Continue reading this blogpost by following the link to the National Women’s Law Center.

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