Because of employment discrimination, caregiving responsibilities, and other factors, women are over-represented in low-wage jobs and 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 live in poverty. Single mothers, women of color, and elderly women living alone are at particularly high

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.

Social Security & Retirement

A lifetime of lower wages and unpaid caregiving puts women at greater risk of poverty as they age than men. Strengthening Social Security and retirement savings can give older women a better shot at financial security.
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