The feminization of poverty is a phenomenon used to depict the disproportionate effects of poverty on women. The concept explains the tendency of poverty to impact women more often and at a higher degree, in comparison to its impact on men. The phenomenon is significant as it emphasizes the necessity for gender-conscious policy interventions that address impoverished women's unique vulnerabilities and necessities. It is imperative to be knowledgeable about the gender-specific deprivations and needs of women so that the gender perspective is considered in the formulation of social policies and programs, and research is important in the acquisition of this knowledge. The findings of this study aim to contribute to the ongoing discussion regarding how well anti-poverty measures address the necessities of one of the most vulnerable groups in society, women. This is an important discourse that could potentially optimize the appropriateness of the specified measures, by removing the identified obstacles that are decelerating the process of development for women. Given the significance and relevance of the feminization of poverty concept in South Africa, the country is an ideal case study for this thesis which will assess whether anti-poverty measures are appropriately designed and implemented to address the needs of poor women.