Women & Girl Heads of Household

Women and girl heads of household are significantly poorer than their male counterparts. Of families headed by single mothers, 28.7 percent – 4 million of them – live in poverty compared with 13 percent – or 670,000 – of those headed by men. Poverty rates for households headed by single women of color (African American and Latina) rises to 40 percent. Average household income for women-headed households was $22,592 –- just over half the average for all households ($43,130). The difference in household income between married and single parents is significant –- only 5.9 percent of families headed by married parents live in poverty.

NCRW Fact Sheet: Affordable Child Care Needed as Women's Labor Force Participation Grows

Making childcare affordable is critical to working families and key to women’s economic well-being and success, particularly
during times of economic recession. Studies demonstrate that childcare enables women to stay employed longer and establish greater work-life balance.

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FAST FACT: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans

January 12, 2010 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird


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FAST FACT: Women and Poverty in the Nation's Capital

December 9, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

The DC Women's Agenda, a program of Wider Opportunities for Women, recently released a gender analysis of the 2008 American Community Survey. They found that women remain in poverty even while working. Here are some of the stats they shared:

  • Women are eight times more likely to live in poverty than men in D.C.
  • Approximately 22% of women-headed households, working full or part time, live in poverty
  • Gender income disparities persist as men who worked full-time had an 8.5% increase in salary from 2007 to 2008 while their female counterparts had only a 2.3% increase.

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She Works. They’re Happy.

EVER since Betty Friedan urged women to leave the house and pursue careers, people have argued over whether women’s marriages and romantic prospects would suffer for it. Was a financially successful woman a threat to her husband or a relief?

URL: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/fashion/24marriage.html

Issue Brief: "Strengthening Income and Work Supports"

Included in "A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families/Building Economic Security" A policy summary on Earned Income Tax Credit and reform of welfare policies and administration.

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=3318&section=infocenter

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

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

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org
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