The U.S. Census Bureau data released in September 2018 shows that many families in the U.S. are experiencing some real economic gains. Despite this good news, women’s poverty rates continued to be above the poverty rate for men in 2017. Nearly one in eight women – approximately 16 million – and more than one in six children – more than 12.8 million – lived in poverty in 2017. More than half (58 percent) of all poor children lived in families headed by unmarried mothers.

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