The Widespread Effects of Poverty


Ashlynn Reitz and Emily Burns

Poverty affects people differently world wide in different ways. How can we stop it? For the answer we asked Makayla Meyers.

Poverty is a problem that affects people worldwide. Statistics say that 80% of people worldwide are living on ten dollars or less a day. According to the Poverty Research at the University of California Davis, 43.1 million Americans lived in poverty in 2017. Poverty, is it getting better? Worse? We asked Makayla Meyers (’21) on her opinion of poverty. When asked what opportunities wealthy people have over people in poverty Makayla responded by listing, “job opportunities, education, more influential voice, more access to necessities.”  Makayla explained that people who are wealthier have a bigger voice because they get more opportunities, she spoke about how wealthier people get a better education because they do not have worry about getting a scholarship for collage. Makayla pointed out that people in poverty have little to no access to necessities such as food, shelter, and water because they don’t have the resources like a car to get the necessities. Lastly she said that wealthier people get higher pay because more job opportunities. In the end we asked Makayla how we could lower poverty worldwide. Her idea is to start raising minimum wage for the reason she says, “My mom from personal experience she’s been paid the same amount of money for five years without increase or decrease.” She also thinks adding more jobs will lower poverty worldwide she explains, “There’s a lot that are getting taken over by technology that could be jobs for people.” Some jobs that have been taken over by technology are cashiers, factory workers, etc… In conclusion poverty affects people worldwide and we should create a world that is equal for everyone.