New Report on Women and Poverty in America available free until January 15, 2013

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 12, 2014

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink ”reveals this national crisis through the eyes of women. In an era when women have solidified their position as half of the U.S. workforce and a whopping two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families, the reality is that a third of all American women are living at or near a space we call “the brink of poverty.”  We define this as less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $47,000 per year for a family of four. Forty-two million women, and the 28 million children who depend on them, are living one single incidenta doctor’s bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down caraway from economic ruin. Women make up nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers, the vast majority of whom receive no paid sick days. This is at a time when women earn most of the college and advanced degrees in this country, make most of the consumer spending decisions by far, and are more than half of the nation’s voters.”

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