The Shriver Report – A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink: Facts and Figures
A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink: Facts and Figures
  • One in three women in America are living in poverty or teetering on its brink. That’s 42 million women plus the 28 million children who depend on them.
  • The American family has changed. Today, only one in five families has a homemaker mom and working dad. Two out of three families depend on the wages of working moms who are struggling to balance caregiving and breadwinning.
  • The average woman continues to be paid 77 cents for every dollar the average man earns. The average African American woman earns only 64 cents and the average Latina only 55 cents compared to white men.
  • Closing the wage gap between men and women would cut the poverty rate in half for working women and their families and would add nearly half a trillion dollars to the national economy.
  • Women are nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers, and a vast majority of these workers receive no paid sick days. Not one.
  • More than half of the babies born to women under the age of 30 are born to unmarried mothers, most of them white.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans and 85 percent of Millennials believe that government should adapt to the reality of single-parent families and use its resources to help children and mothers succeed, regardless of family status.
  • An overwhelming 96 percent of single mothers say paid leave is the workplace policy that would help them most, and nearly 80 percent of all Americans say the government should expand access to high-quality, affordable child care.
  • Women living on the brink overwhelmingly regret not making education a bigger priority.
  • The trauma and chronic stress of poverty are toxic to children, making them two and a half times more likely to suffer as adults from COPD, hepatitis, and depression.


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  • ceruleanblue777

    How many of the homeless in America are men?

    • pat

      In NYC twice as many women are homeless than men…. however there are twice as many shelters for men. Most women in homeless shelters share one room&one shower that doesn’t work with 15-20 women– compared to about 6 in a room in the male shelter—– Mayor Bloomberg got rid of all the affordable housing. – The average time in a homeless shelter is about 6 years. – It is Impossible to sleep. That is why you see homeless people sleeping during the day. — The DHS security in the shelters are too often sadistic. Helpless homeless are physically beaten almost daily as DHS security laugh and the NYPD resist and resent responding to 911 calls from people living in the shelter. = Its an unforgivable mess. -The children are taken away from the mothers. Getting their children back is their only sad hope. and Homeless women usually have a long history as victims of domestic violence.

      • ceruleanblue777

        Thanks for your stats on NYC in response to my question to how many homeless in AMERICA are men.

        Here’s the answer:

        23% are families with children—the fastest growing segment.
        51.3% are single males.
        24.7% are single females.
        5% are minors unaccompanied by adults.

        So slightly more than half of all homeless people in the United States are single men.

        These stats are taken from Wikipedia; “Homelessness in the United States.”

      • ceruleanblue777

        New York City’s Homeless Shelter Population: A Snapshot (November 2013)*

        • Total number of homeless people in municipal shelters: 53,270
        • Number of homeless families: 12,701
        • Number of homeless children: 22,625
        • Number of homeless adults in families: 19,537
        • Number of homeless single adults: 11,108
        • Number of homeless single men: 8,277
        • Number of homeless single women: 2,831

        *From Coalition for the Homeless (NYC).

        Please provide sources for your claim that NYC has “twice as many women homeless than men.”

        Thank you.

  • Elizabeth Frantes

    One way to reduce the problems associated with poverty is to simply not breed if you aren’t in a position to be able to earn enough money to support yourself and your child. It may not be “fair” but neither is life. Having a child is a choice, and women who breed, even though they are clearly not economically viable, are a huge problem. To demand that “society” pay for breeding is a terrible idea, since the biggest problem we face now is OVERPOPULATION. We could have avoided this but women chose not to do so, ‘going along to get along’ with the male ideal of overprocreating to have cannon fodder and sex slaves. Every war prone nation in the history of the planet had to coerce or persuade women to act against their own self interest and breed more children than could be supported. We should give tax breaks and perqs to people without children, not the other way around.

    • StopHate

      Your statement borders on pure ignorance and narrow-mindedness. You act as if all single mothers just decided to have children knowing they could not raise them. In that demographic you have women whose husbands just decided to leave, women who are divorced, women who are widowed, women who were raped, and more. Certainly these are not exceptions to the rule. By the way, my “husband” not baby daddy left. I raised my son alone, worked a full time and two part time jobs (no easy feat, I over-exteded myself), no child support or shared visitation and did not depend on any state support, had no parents or people to share the burden with, but by God’s grace he is a college graduate, a Registered Dietician and I am a Counselor and Life coach. I gave you that background so you know that not all women are in the category that typifies you allusion. Nothing is ever black or white, life has more grey areas. Be enlightened.

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