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The True American Dream
For most Americans in the United States, home ownership is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, as well as an essential way to achieve long-term financial security, for themselves and for future generations. But over the past few years, the U.S. has faced a "subprime" lending crisis, in which a flood of high-cost loans has jeopardized home ownership and future prospects for tens of thousands of Americans across the country...
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Women and the Subprime Crunch
Professor Anita F. Hill explores the reasons why women receive subprime loans at a higher rate than their male counterparts. Hill argues that this unequal practice is based on widespread misconceptions about women's ability to handle money, and defends the victims of these loans for their inability to deal with the unfair consequences...
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Lending Lessons
In June 2009, the National Council of Negro Women and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition partnered to produce a report titled "Assessing the Double Burden: Examining Racial and Gender Disparities in Mortgage Lending." The report explored race and gender disparities in mortgage lending. The following essay is a modified version of the report's cover letter, and is authored by Dr...
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Shut Out of Wealth
In the current subprime mortgage crisis, women and minorities are losing their homes at a disproportionate rate, disrupting their circumstances and daily lives. But foreclosures also have a significant impact on wealth building and long-term prospects. Without a home, women and people of color can't build equity, they have no safety net, they have limited access to loans for their children's tuition and fees, and they have nothing to pass on to the next generation...
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Not an Equal Opportunity Disaster
The subprime mortgage crisis has affected millions of Americans--but women were hit the hardest...
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