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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  • New Report: U.S. has Highest Rate of Single Mother Poverty

    Women in America are still 35% percent more likely than men to be poor in America, with single mothers at highest risk. Legal Momentum has brought a gender lens to the work of national anti-poverty groups, with the goal of keeping women and...


  • Legal Momentum Challenges Food Assistance Termination for Legal Immigrants

    Immigrant women are more likely to confront poverty, violence and exploitation than any other demographic in America.  While apparently gender-neutral, our national immigration policies often place women at a disadvantage, compromising their...