Observations on life

National Snapshot: Poverty Among Women & Families, 2014 – NWLC

Is there a lesson in all this? Is there a key to focusing on the poverty problem? What, if anything,  do these numbers tell us about a strong family unit?

Single Mothers and Children, 2014

More than 15.5 million children lived in poverty in 2014, more than two out of five of whom (43.8 percent) lived in extreme poverty. More than one in five (21.1 percent) children were poor.

Poverty rates were particularly high, at more than one in three, for black (37.1 percent) and Native American (35.3 percent) children, and more than three in ten for Hispanic (31.9 percent) and foreign-born (31.1 percent) children.

The poverty rate was 14.0 percent for Asian American children and 12.3 percent for white, non-Hispanic children. The poverty rate for female-headed families with children was 39.8 percent, compared to 22.0 percent for male-headed families with children, and 8.2 percent for families with children headed by a married couple.

Nearly half of black female-headed families with children (45.6 percent), Hispanic female-headed families with children (46.3 percent), foreign-born female-headed families with children (44.8 percent), and more than half of Native American female headed families with children (56.9 percent) were poor.

The poverty rate was 32.0 percent for white, non-Hispanic female-headed families with children and 28.9 percent for Asian American female-headed families with children.

Over half of all poor children (56.7 percent) lived in families headed by women. Nearly 666,000 single women with children (14.0 percent) who worked full time, year round in 2014 lived in poverty.

Source: National Snapshot: Poverty Among Women & Families, 2014 – NWLC


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  1. I agree with the above two comments but I also believe the NWLC (National Women’s Law Center) and the Census Bureau whose numbers are used, are wrong about the so-called poverty rate. These statistics are wrong, as are the official unemployment statistics.

    There are plenty of sources from respected economists for believing so, here are only two:


    Men Not Working, by Nicholas Eberstadt, recently published.


  2. There is no doubt that a single woman has problems raising a family alone. I also think that the study points out many areas where public funds could be used for education, job training, prevention, and child care. But the title states “families” so where are the dads? Are they in jail or do they just don’t care. Without the whole picture you’ll never solve the problem. You also cannot stop some people from making bad choices short of sterilization. We often blame just the women for the bad choice since she is left to raise the children but somebody else also made a bad choice and should be held accountable too. Where are the dads?


    • Exactly the point. Where are the dads. It’s pretty clear that single women households contribute to poverty, especially for the children. How much of our poverty is due to poor choices by individuals?


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