Resource

NWLC Resources on Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance in 2017

Resource Collections
Intro Image

NWLC’s detailed analysis of U.S. Census poverty, income, and health insurance data released on September 12, 2018 found that women’s poverty rates were once again higher than the poverty rates for men last year. It also showed that women working full time, year round continue to be paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.

Wage gap:

  • The wage gap between women of color and white, non-Hispanic men increased in 2017.
    • In 2016 the wage gap for Black women was 37 cents and in 2017 the gap increased to 39 cents.
    • In 2016 the wage gap for Latinx women was 46 cents and in 2017 the gap increased to 47 cents.
    • In 2016 the wage gap for Asian women was 13 cents and in 2017 the wage gap increased to 15 cents.
  • For women across all races – the wage gap didn’t budge – women working full time, year round were paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts [working full time, year round] in 2017.

Poverty:

  • One in eight women 18 and older, almost 16 million, lived in poverty in 2017.
  • The poverty rate for elderly women was 11 percent in 2017; women made up nearly two-thirds of the elderly poor.
  • Thirty four percent of female-headed families with children were poor in 2017, compared to 16 percent of male-headed households and six percent of married-couple families.

Health insurance:

  • Despite 92 percent of women and girls having some health insurance in 2017, over 13 million women remained uninsured.
  • Just under 17 million non-elderly adult women relied on Medicaid in 2017, up almost 3.4 million since the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2013.
  • The uninsurance rate for non-elderly adult women has dropped from 17 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in 2017.

It's time for change, and we must act now. Time's up.