More on Dominican Beauty Parlor Politics

As summarized in DR1:

…many women feel that instead of giving the money in this
way, it should be used for other important causes. …some women who would rather have “bad hairdos and full stomachs” during the Christmas
holidays. The Woman and Health Collective view this plan as a form of populism, saying that it
exploits women’s sexual image. They say that women deserve more than that. The group cites the high
maternal mortality, teenage pregnancies and AIDS rates among women as examples of programs that are
more deserving of government funds. The hair program did generate a windfall of public opinion, as
it was debated on talk shows nationwide, with more in favor than against the measure.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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