Poverty

Women are more likely to be poor than men, both in the United States and across the globe. Female-headed households are more liable to live in poverty. Families headed by single women in the US are more than twice as likely as other families to be poor. The poverty divide is even more dramatic for people of color: in the US, African-American (26.5 percent) and Latina women (23.6 percent) register much higher poverty rates than white women (11.6 percent). Evidence-based, research-driven policies and programs that recognize the diverse realities of poverty and attack its root causes are critical for producing change.

Report: “Women Hard Hit by the Worsening Economy Need Targeted Assistance” July 2008

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/WomenEconomicRecoveryJuly2008.pdf

NWLC Brief: “Cuts to Child Support Enforcement in Budget Bill Will Cost Families $8.4 Billion in Uncollected Child Support,”

Source: CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), Vicki Turetsky, January, 2006. 

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/012606_ChildSupportCuts.pdf

IWPR Fact Sheet: “The Gender Wage Gap: 2007” (n.a.) 2008.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/C350.pdf

“Improving Pay Equity Would Mean Great Gains for Women,” by Heidi Hartmann, 2008.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/payequityrelease.pdf

“Unemployment Among Single Mother Families”, September, 2009.

The fact sheet shows both a high rate of unemployment among single mothers and substantial growth in their rate of unemployment since April, 2009. The fact sheet concludes suggesting that a number of changes in policy and practice are needed to improve women's earnings and the ability to combine work and family in the United States.

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/SingleMotherUE_C369.pdf

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Beverly Guy Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College.  She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses. At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education.  After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English.  In 1968, she entered Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in English; her thesis was entitled, "Faulkner's Treatment of Women in His Major Novels."  A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.

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United States
33° 44' 56.382" N, 84° 23' 16.7352" W

New Resources on Women’s Poverty and Health

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=3732&section=child%20and%20family%20support

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org
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