The Census Bureau just released new data on poverty in the U.S. in 2012. We’re continuing to crunch the numbers (we’ll have other blog posts and analyses), but here’s a first look at the numbers for women and families:
These statistics represent real people who can’t afford food for their families and struggle every day to keep their heads above water. Programs like SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Social Security, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and unemployment insurance make a difference—but despite widespread hardship and a recovery that is providing mostly low-wage jobs for women, some lawmakers are proposing savage cuts to programs that help families meet basic needs, like SNAP, and demanding another round of sequestration cuts to programs that give poor children a chance to get ahead, like Head Start. Yet some of these same lawmakers insist that the very wealthy and big corporations should not pay a penny more in taxes, even though the richest one percent is doing better than ever. It’s unfair, it’s untenable, and it’s un-American.
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