Poverty & Economic Security

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Because of employment discrimination, caregiving responsibilities, and other factors, women are at greater risk of poverty than men throughout their lives ― which means that families depending on women’s earnings are at risk, too.

 

Data on Poverty & Income

Year after year, data show that men typically earn more than women — and women are more likely to be poor. Single mothers, women of color, and elderly women living alone are at particularly high risk

Economic Agenda

Women are the breadwinners, or co-breadwinners, in two-thirds of all families. Yet women are typically paid less than men and are more likely to be poor. We need an economic agenda to create new opportunities for

Fair Work Schedules

Unpredictable, volatile work schedules in low-wage jobs can make it impossible for working women to make ends meet and care for their families.

Family Support Programs

Because women take on a disproportionate responsibility for unpaid caregiving and are the vast majority of single parents, programs that help support families are especially important to women.

Family Tax Credits

Family tax credits, which are designed to help low-wage workers boost their earnings and meet their expenses, can make a huge difference in the lives of women and families.

Minimum Wage

Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers in the United States are women ― and the minimum wage falls far short of what it takes to live above the poverty line.

Unemployment

Unemployment rates are still high for some groups of women and many women who want full-time jobs can’t find them. Unemployment insurance can be a critical safety net for jobless workers and their families.