Issues

Women

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 37.2 percent of female-headed households with children were living in poverty in 2008 compared with just 8 percent of families with both parents in the home and 14 percent of male-headed families. Why are women disproportionately affected by poverty and how can lawmakers, advocates, philanthropists, business leaders and others work to solve this problem? This section gathers key research, news and opinion on women and poverty by experts on the issue, policymakers and the media.Support for Women and Poverty was provided by the Women’s Funding Network and other major national foundations. The Women’s Funding Network accelerates women’s leadership and invests in critical social issues from poverty to global security.