Missing rungs of the economic ladder

14 Aug

According to data from the last census, on average 41% (up from 26% in 1990) of all children in the US are born to unmarried mothers, among Hispanics the number is 53% and among blacks the number is 73%. In addition, the US has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the industrialized world.

Ummm, I wonder if this may have more to do with a growing income disparity in the US, than the success of others who make different life choices?

The idealized successful working professional women who decides she wants children but no husband ain’t what we are talking about here. We are talking about the highest rates of single mothers and teen pregnancy among the already lowest income levels.

How much harder is it to climb the economic ladder when you break off the first five rungs yourself?


One Response to “Missing rungs of the economic ladder”

  1. Anonymous August 14, 2011 at 7:39 PM #

    For a young girl, there is a way to move away from siblings and Momma and Momma’s boyfriends and get a section 8 place of her own, Medicaid, food stamps, AFDC, SSI. If the baby can be labeled with a diagnosis that requires care, the young mother can also get paid to give care. Hang in there, and there might be a Habitat for Humanity house, student loans/grants. Why not have a baby or two?


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