FAST FACTS: Disturbing Poverty Disparities
January 23, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird A few weeks ago, I received a newsletter from the Institute on Community Integration . The entire issue focused on employment and women with disabilities. Given the Council's dedication to women and economic security, my interest was instantly peaked. Check out these stats:
- Roughly 21 million women (15.6% of all women) in the United States have a disability
- People with disabilities, regardless of gender or race, are much less likely to have secure employment than people without disabilities
- About 31% of women with a work limitation live in households below the poverty level, as compared to 26% of men with a work limitation
As our newly inaugurated administration moves forward to address our failing economy, let’s make sure they don’t overlook people with disabilities, especially women.