Women and Poverty News

The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 2013: Prevent more Gosnells by increasing birth-control access

“Broadening access to birth control among low-income women reduces abortion rates. That was the conclusion last fall of researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Over a four-year period, researchers tracked 9,200 low-income women in the St. Louis area who were given their choice of FDA-approved birth-control methods at no cost.”

Sacramento Bee, May 14, 2013: (Op-Ed) State needs to make strategic investments for more women

“At the same time, reduced support for child care and preschool as well as the state's welfare-to-work program – CalWORKs – have hollowed out the basic services that help women find work and be economically secure. Low-income women who have access to child care are more likely to find work, increase their earning potential, become financially independent and contribute to our state's tax base.”

The Dallas Morning News, May 13, 2013: Texas lawmakers find funds for mental health, women’s care in budget talks

“While the Legislature has rebuffed President Barack Obama's proposed addition of more than 1 million poor adults to the state's Medicaid rolls, House and Senate budget negotiators approved more money for mental health, protection of abused children and women's health care.”

The Lexington Herald-Leader, May 12, 2013: Settled in its new home, Berea's New Opportunity School for Women gears up for a new session

“The school focuses on low-income middle-age women from Appalachia, many of whom married young, became young mothers, and lack the skills and education needed to raise themselves from poverty. It takes 14 women at a time for a three-week session that teaches them everything from self-esteem to literature, taking care of themselves medically to visiting the state Capitol. It also gives them clothing and accessories to wear to job interviews.”

Deseret News, May 11, 2013: Women unite to build homes for low-income families

“Women across Utah are cinching up tool belts and swinging hammers for the Habitat for Humanity's annual National Women Build Week. Women have joined forces to help build homes for low-income families, and the Salt Lake Valley Habitat is busy preparing many homes, including one for a single mother of three.”

The Oregonian, May 11, 2013: (Op-Ed) Let's work to end maternal poverty

“Helping mothers to access paid time away from work when a baby is born or a kid is sick is critical to ensuring that mothers can stay employed. Ensuring that all families can access high-quality, affordable child care is a game-changer for moms.”

Charlotte Observer, May 06, 2013: Where do kids go when homeless mom hospitalized?

“It’s a concern shared by hundreds of single mothers, who moved to Charlotte for a better life but ended up jobless and homeless during the economic downturn. No agency in Mecklenburg County has responsibility for taking in homeless kids when their mom is hospitalized.”

The New York Times, May 04, 2013: Texas Legislators Set to Restore Women’s-Health Budgets

“The political fireworks and high-octane drama that accompanied lawmakers' 2011 fight over women's health care and abortion have been absent this legislative session. They have been replaced with some semblance of concession, as legislators on both sides of the aisle work quietly to restore financing for women's health services.”

Journal and Courier, May 03, 2013: Event zeroes in on mothers: Prevention education, health care stressed

“MDwise, the only nonprofit Medicaid health plan headquartered in Indiana, and United Way of Greater Lafayette organized the event. The organizers targeted low-income mothers to make sure they have affordable access to health care and to provide basic information.”

San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2013: Hope for homeless mothers in SF

“In addition, the city is footing the bill - $1,100 a month per room - for five rooms for homeless women with high-risk pregnancies or women with newborns at the Yale Hotel, a newly renovated single room occupancy hotel in the Tenderloin. The nonprofit Homeless Prenatal Program will provide case management for the program, which begins Wednesday, and women can stay up to two months, Dufty said.”

Chicago Tribune, April 15, 2013: Ultrasound bus clashes with Elgin zoning law

“The group has operated out of an east Elgin office since 1996, and began sending its mobile ministry to Elgin's west side in 2010 in an effort to reach more low-income women, organizers said. The group also opened another west side clinic a year ago. But now, they say, the city is jeopardizing their work because of a zoning ordinance change made last year that limits the number of days they can park the vehicle in the same place.”

The Herald, April 11, 2013: (Editorial) Care for poor mothers

“The success of a program that links nurses with low-income women in their first pregnancies demonstrates both the health benefits of preventive care and the money it can save.”

The Detroit News, March 29, 2013: Survey: Many U.S. women fear poverty

“Despite making enormous strides professionally and financially, almost half of American women fear poverty, even many of those earning six-figure salaries, according to a new survey.”

The News & Observer, March 11, 2013: Report: Girls excel in education, sports; encounter health, poverty issues

“Health and wellness indicators are not as high for girls of color and girls living in poverty, where, Hess said, ‘the story is not quite as positive.’ In a letter accompanying the report, Meredith President Jo Allen said the findings should be both celebrated and used as a catalyst for improving girls’ lives.”

The Kansas City Star, March 07, 2013: (Op-Ed) On International Women's Day, let us pledge to end female poverty

“According to census figures, 46.2 million people were living in poverty in the United States in 2010, with adult women almost 30 percent more likely to be poor than adult men. Families in poverty are even more dependent on women's work both inside and outside the home, resulting in longer days and more intense work for women.”

Anchorage Daily News, March 06, 2013: (Op-Ed) On International Women's Day, let us pledge to end female poverty

“Unfortunately, we've seen this behavior before. Since America's inception, states have used their legislative powers to make political decisions threatening their neediest citizens, which, historically, have disproportionately been minority group members. Federal lawmakers balk at such procedures, so states have historically resorted to the avenue of ‘state's rights’ as a mechanism to propagate policies that range from neglectful to discriminatory.”

The New York Times, February 27, 2013: Trauma Sets Female Veterans Adrift Back Home

“Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind: they are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.”

The New York Times, February 22, 2013: (Op-Ed) In Paid Family Leave, U.S. Trails Most of the Globe

“Even the policies at some of the most generous American companies pale in comparison with the 31 countries that provide a year or more of paid maternity leave, typically through government-run insurance programs, experts say. Working Mother compiles a list of the ‘100 Best Companies’ in the United States each year, and parental leave policies are one of several factors baked into those rankings.”

Beyond Jobs program serving women nationwide

“The program, known as Beyond Jobs and funded through a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, will now create a larger impact by reaching more women who are unemployed or underemployed […] Beyond Jobs leverages Goodwill’s holistic approach to job training, placement and family financial support services. Over the 30-month grant period, Goodwill will work with women with low incomes to provide them the tools to achieve their educational, career and financial goals.”

The Washington Post, February 17, 2013: Del. group hopes to open homeless shelter for female veterans and their children

“About one in 20 homeless veterans are women. With about 600 homeless veterans in Delaware, that means about 30 of them are female. Boone says the group will rely on funding sources outside the government to launch the shelter.”

The Boston Globe, February 16, 2013: YWCA expands housing stock

“The YWCA has always maintained boardinghouse-style single rooms at its main building on Market Street, where 11 women now live. And since 1998, it has had five affordable apartments in a house it bought next door. Construction to double the number of apartments to 10 has started at the house at 11 Market St. They will be available to low-income women, men, and families; some units will be designated for homeless or disabled tenants.”

The Kansas City Star, February 14, 2013: Foundation combats poverty and job problems among women

“Lack of transportation. Lack of education. Lack of affordable child care help and elder care help. These and other barriers to good employment contribute to high levels of poverty for women in the Kansas City area.”

Corpus Christi Caller Times, February 13, 2013: New program aims to help low-income Nueces County women pregnant with first child

“Low-income Nueces County women who are pregnant with their first child can enroll in a new program to help them have healthier pregnancies and provide quality care for their babies. The Nurse-Family Partnership pairs first-time mothers with nurses who visit them in their homes as early as their first trimester.”

Sacramento Bee, February 12, 2013: Los Angeles lawmaker pushing to repeal 'family cap' for welfare benefits

“For nearly two decades, California women who get pregnant while on welfare have been ineligible for more money based on the baby's birth. But a Los Angeles Democrat is pushing to repeal that law, sparking hot debate over reproductive rights, privacy, and what society should demand of low-income families receiving public assistance.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, February 04, 2013: Small loans big in Bangladesh, Bay Area

“Drawing on the same philosophy as Bangladesh's Grameen Bank, which pioneered ‘microlending’ small sums to help impoverished women run their own businesses, Grameen America opened a branch in Oakland last spring. Grameen started its U.S. presence in New York in 2008, and now has offices in Omaha, Neb., Indianapolis, Charlotte, N.C., and Los Angeles, as well as Oakland and New York.”