Women and Poverty News

The Rockford Register Star, October 13, 2013: (Editorial) Where's Dad? Poor, single moms struggle

“There's no secret to breaking the cycle of poverty: Get a good education, get a job and you're on your way. But little things come along that make getting a good education and a job complicated. Those little things are babies.”

The Aiken Standard, October 10, 2013: Report gives S.C. gets 'D' on women's issues

“South Carolina received a ‘D’ letter grade on three issues relating to women – leadership, economic security and health, according to a recent report by the Center for American Progress, a think tank on policy issues. There are more than 4 million citizens living in S.C., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than half of the population is female.”

Huffington Post, September 19, 2013: 4.1 Million Single-Mother Families Are Living In Poverty: Census

“Poverty is on the rise in single-mother families. More people are falling into the lowest-income group. And after earlier signs of increased mobility, fewer people are moving as homeownership declined for a fifth straight year.”

The American Prospect, September 03, 2013: What's Killing Poor White Women?

“For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why.”

The Star-Ledger, August 27, 2013: Coalition calls upon N.J. voters to pass minimum wage hike in fall

“A coalition of lawmakers, labor and social advocacy groups joined together today to call upon New Jersey voters to pass a hike in the minimum wage this fall and to ensure politics won’t delay future increases.”

The Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2013: Making sure HIV-positive women get the care they need

“Welcome to a weekly support session sponsored by the Ladies of Diversity, a federally funded program that works to give HIV-positive homeless women of color a reason to stay connected to medical services. Leaders allowed the Los Angeles Times to attend one gathering on the condition that clients be identified only by their first names.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 09, 2013: Poverty weighs greater on lesbians

“For lesbians, historically lower pay for women and prejudice against gays can converge to negative effect. Nationwide, a higher proportion of lesbians live in poverty (nearly 23 percent) than heterosexual women (about 21 percent), heterosexual men (about 15 percent), and gay men (almost 21 percent), according to a recent survey by the Williams Institute, a national think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.”

The Sacramento Bee, June 28, 2013: Grads finding a better life through Women’s Empowerment in Sacramento

“A nonprofit that helps women who are homeless, recently homeless or are at risk of being homeless, Women's Empowerment holds graduation ceremonies like Thursday's four times a year. The women attend an eight-week job-readiness program that teaches résumé building, time management, computer skills and more.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 25, 2013: Experts say lesbian poverty woes significant

“A higher percentage of lesbian couples live below the poverty rate than married heterosexual couples and even coupled gay men, according to a new study from UCLA law school's Williams Institute.”

The Denver Business Journal, June 14, 2013: Colorado women lag in wages, economic security

“It was 50 years ago this month that President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to end job and pay discrimination against women, yet economic progress for women in Colorado remains a challenge, according to data released June 12 by The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.”

The Washington Post, June 13, 2013: Hilary Clinton speech embraces Obama priorities, hints at potential agenda for 2016

“Speaking at a charitable conference convened by her husband, the potential 2016 presidential candidate announced that she had joined her family’s foundation and said she would spend the coming months championing early-childhood development, economic development and opportunities for women and girls.”

The Denver Business Journal, June 12, 2013: Women’s Foundation study: 30% of Colorado women live below or near poverty line

“Women in Colorado earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, comprise only 26 percent of the highest earners in the state, and own fewer businesses than they did 20 years ago, according to a comprehensive study released Wednesday by The Women's Foundation of Colorado. In 2011, 30 percent of women 18 and older in Colorado had family incomes below or near the federal poverty line, and poverty is higher among Latina, African American and Native American women, the report found.”

The Press & Sun-Bulletin, June 08, 2013: (Op-Ed) 50 years later, wage inequality still casts a shadow

“Technology has changed. The workforce has changed. But the federal legislation designed to ensure women are paid equally to men hasn’t changed — and it isn’t working. Someday, women will celebrate the Equal Pay Act anniversary. But we’ll do so when we get what we were promised: equal pay for equal work.”

The Kansas City Star, May 31, 2013: Moms are increasingly the lead breadwinner for more families

“It's not the fact that these women are unmarried with children that drives their household poverty. It's their lack of education and too few jobs, including for the equally under-educated men who are most likely to marry them.”

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.”