Democracy Paradox
Democracy Paradox
Apr 27, 2021
Sheryl WuDunn Paints a Picture of Poverty in America and Offers Hope for Solutions
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That's why all Americans should care. Because the cost of poverty is not just the cost to that person who is in poverty. It's a cost to all of society. We're all paying for people being jailed. We're all paying for extra costs in the legal system, in the police force, in the healthcare system.

Sheryl WuDunn

A full transcript is available at

Key Highlights Include

  • Stories of Poverty and Inequality in America
  • Challenges in America in Education, Health, and Well-Being
  • Impact of Poverty on Children with an Explanation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Collective Responsibility to Solve Social Problems
  • Rethinking of Social Programs as Investments Rather than Outlays

Sheryl WuDunn is a pulitzer prize winning reporter, business executive, and the author of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope (along with her husband Nicholas Kristof).

Key Links

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope - PBS Documentary Presented by Show of Force

Follow Sheryl on Twitter @WuDunn

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