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Homeless Women Are Essentially Unemployable
As we've previously noted, a surprising number of homeless people have jobs. We don't know how many of those people are men and how many are women, but the fact that 19 percent of homeless women have participated in sex work (as opposed to only 3 percent of homeless men) might skew those numbers a bit. (Hey, prostitution is too a job -- in fact, it's several kinds of job.)
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There's a reason it's not called a "blow hobby."
Unless you're prepared to relocate from the doorway to the corner, you're going to have a hard time, because the kinds of jobs available to homeless men are way better than the ones available to homeless women. "A lot of the men around here can easily get work in construction, especially since in Boston there's no legal requirements that construction workers be tested for recent drug or alcohol abuse, so they don't even need to worry that much about cleaning up before going out to look for work," Alice says.
Well, why don't those lazy lady bums get off their butts and learn to swing a hammer? That's the thing: They've tried. "A few of the girls I hang around with also work construction, but it is definitely harder for them to get in and stay in," she continues. "The whole day labor field is unofficially closed to us, so a lot of us end up having to either find jobs in food service or housekeeping." And again, as we've previously pointed out, being homeless is expensive.
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Unlike construction work, with its hard hats and ass cracks, decent jobs available for women are a little tougher to pull off in a razor desert. "I tr[ied] to transition into a 'real' job as an administrator at a local dance school," Alice says. "[That] was a challenge because when rich folks are paying $5,000+ a quarter for their kids to learn ballet, they want the lady doing all the paperwork to look well-kept, and not like she spends a lot of her free time around street people."
See? It totally made sense, how we insisted earlier that you should donate tools to help homeless ladies remain freshly shaven.
It still sounds off though, doesn't it?
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