Economic Development & Security

Women and girl heads of household are significantly poorer than their male counterparts. Of families headed by single mothers, 28.7 percent – 4 million of them – live in poverty compared with 13 percent – or 670,000 – of those headed by men. Poverty rates for households headed by single women of color (African American and Latina) rises to 40 percent. Average household income for women-headed households was $22,592 –- just over half the average for all households ($43,130). The difference in household income between married and single parents is significant –- only 5.9 percent of families headed by married parents live in poverty.

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  • October 14, 2010

    Colorlines: A new report from NYU's Women of Color Policy Network shows that single mothers, especially mothers of color, are the most likely to be left with no wealth, due to factors like race and gender.


  • September 24, 2010

    NY Times: A paper presented in August at the American Sociological Association titled “The Effect of Relative Income Disparity on Infidelity for Men and Women,” suggestes that the more a man depends on his female partner’s...


  • September 1, 2010

    The Times of India: Amendments to two laws governing adoption and guardianship now allow women to have equal rights.  A mother and a father can now both be appointed as guardians of adopted children, and married women who are separated from their...


  • July 23, 2010

     CNN: Rwandan women make up 70% of the population, and are currently the economic backbone of this war-torn country.  They are building small businesses and becoming entrepreneurs so that they can gain equality in Rwandan economy.


  • June 26, 2010

    Los Angeles Times: A new study posits the plight faced by widows as a human rights issue, many of whom suffer discrimination and abuse,and are trapped in poverty.   The report found at least 245 million widows worldwide, almost half living...