The U.S. Census Bureau data released in September 2019 shows poverty has barely budged for families in the U.S since the year before. Despite there being somewhat higher economic gains, women’s poverty rates have stayed virtually the same and continued to be above the poverty rate for men in 2018. Nearly one in eight women – over 15.5 million – and nearly one in six children – nearly 11.9 million – lived in poverty in 2018. Nearly three in five (58 percent) of all poor children lived in families headed by unmarried mothers.

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