Lifespan & Money of America

Curated by CLAI

INCOME GAP MEETS LONGEVITY GAP: Fairfax County, Va.is a place of the haves, and McDowell County, W.Va. of the have-nots. Median household income in Fairfax County up to $107,000 McDowell is about one-fifth that of Fairfax. Fairfax men have an average life expectancy of 82 years and women, 85, about the same as in Sweden. In McDowell, the averages are 64 and 73, about the same as in Iraq.

Poverty is a thief. Poverty not only diminishes a person’s life chances, it steals years from one’s life.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Village Home, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge Village Home, China (Credits: Christine Lai)

OVERWORKER WAGE GAP: Today’s men are spending more time with their children than their fathers did. But the gender gap in core housework – cooking, cleaning, other day-to-day tasks – hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years. These dynamics in the household carry over into a gender gap in who puts in long work hours.
21st century overworkers are concentrated in the so-called “greedy occupations,” such as doctors, lawyers, even academics. In these occupations,employers often expect undivided attention, loyalty and time commitments from their employees. In some cases, employees compete over who can put in the most hours.

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