Posts Tagged Poverty

Chart of the Day: 60 percent of single women can’t afford basic needs

The Census Bureau released new data on poverty in the US yesterday, and the National Women’s Law Center has been crunching the numbers to see how things are looking for women.

It’s not great: Since 2011, the poverty rate among women has been at its highest point in two decades, and that didn’t change last year. Over 14 percent of women were in poverty, compared to 11 percent of men. And the rates for Black and Hispanic women were waaaay higher, at about 25 percent. The wage gender gap held steady too: It’s still 77 to the dollar, as it’s been for the last decade.

And that’s just looking at the official poverty numbers. The group Wider Opportunities for Women released a report on the “economic insecurity rate,” ...

The Census Bureau released new data on poverty in the US yesterday, and the National Women’s Law Center has been crunching the numbers to see how things are looking for women.

It’s not great: Since 2011, the poverty rate ...

NWLC graphic on low-wage occupations and women

Infographic: 60 percent of women’s job gains in the recovery are in low-wage jobs

Today is the four-year anniversary of the last time the minimum wage was increased.

I’ve written before about why everyone but especially women–who make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers–need a raise. Today, the National Women’s Law Center is out with a new analysis showing that 60 percent of the jobs women have gained in the economic recovery have been concentrated in the 10 largest low-wage occupations–ones that typically pay  less than $10.10 per hour, which it should be noted is considerably higher than minimum wage and still totally insufficient. Just 20 percent of men’s job gains have been in these low-wage jobs.

As NWLC explains, women have always been overrepresented in these sectors: More than 75 ...

Today is the four-year anniversary of the last time the minimum wage was increased.

I’ve written before about why everyone but especially women–who make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers–need ...

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Quick Hit: What happens to women who are denied abortions?

They’re three times more likely than those who got an abortion to be below the poverty level two years later, for one thing.

The New York Times Magazine takes an in-depth look at a first-of-its-kind study–which we’ve mentioned before–that’s trying to determine how women who are forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term after being turned away from abortion clinics fare compared to demographically similar women who got the abortions they wanted. Here’s what head researcher Diana Greene Foster of UCSF has found so far:

When she looked at more objective measures of mental health over time — rates of depression and anxiety — she also found no correlation between having an abortion and increased symptoms. In a working paper based ...

They’re three times more likely than those who got an abortion to be below the poverty level two years later, for one thing.

The New York Times Magazine takes an in-depth look at a first-of-its-kind study–which ...

Behold the spectacle that is poverty! NYC bus tour offers the “ghetto” as an attraction

The Black Youth Project reported that a bus tour in New York City called Real Bronx Tours was apparently offering its patrons the opportunity to see what what a “real ghetto” looks like. They ride through the Bronx, a New York borough that is heavily populated with poor people of color, making fun of residents and wowing their audience with stories about how dangerous the neighborhood is.

This is obviously problematic in more ways than one. On the surface level, it doesn’t seem to be a service worth its money. According to someone on the tour:

“At one point during the tour, Battaglia [the tour guide] allegedly told the tourists in front of pantry line, ‘I don’t know what that line’s ...

The Black Youth Project reported that a bus tour in New York City called Real Bronx Tours was apparently offering its patrons the opportunity to see what what a “real ghetto” looks like. They ride through ...

Poverty in America: What we hope, what we believe, and what is actually true

This video, created by YouTube user “Politizane,” aptly demonstrates not only the astonishing wealth inequality in the United States, but the great yawning divide between what Americans believe is the distribution of wealth in this country and what actually exists. Note: the idealized version of the wealth curve is the same across partisan lines. (No socialism here!)

According to Politizane, who created the visualization using data from Mother Jones, Think Progress, CNN, and economist Dan Ariely, the poorest Americans, in our idealized version, would be poor, but wouldn’t suffer unduly. In reality, the poor don’t even register on the wealth scale. The middle class is barely distinguishable from the poor, and even the ...

This video, created by YouTube user “Politizane,” aptly demonstrates not only the astonishing wealth inequality in the United States, but the great yawning divide between what Americans believe is the distribution of wealth in this country and ...

Is this #FirstWorldProblems video genius or exploitative?

When I begin writing a blog post, I normally figure out what I think about something and then try to make that argument in a logical and concise way so that you the reader agrees with me by the end. Thus, it’s very rare that I don’t know the answer to the question I’m posing when I’m drafting a post.

So when I saw this video, by WaterIsLife.com, featuring children living in third world countries spouting off a series of #firstworldproblems to make the point that they aren’t actually real problems, I was conflicted. Sure, it’s an effective way to make the point that we have it pretty good and have so much to be grateful for.

At the same time, ...

When I begin writing a blog post, I normally figure out what I think about something and then try to make that argument in a logical and concise way so that you the reader agrees with me ...

Chart of the Day: Poor elderly women to get screwed in fiscal cliff deal


After several offers and counteroffers, Congress and the President may be close to reaching a fiscal cliff deal. Part of that agreement involves cutting Social Security benefits by switching to calculating them based on chained CPI.

According to Brad DeLong, “‘Chained-CPI’ is code for ‘let’s really impoverish some women in their 90s!'”

Since women tend to live longer than men and tend to be poorer than men, they’ll be the hardest hit by this change. As Bryce Covert notes, Social Security is basically the only source of income for nearly 40 percent of women over 80, compared to 28 percent of men. By switching to chained-CPI, at age 80, a single elderly woman’s Social Security benefits would be cut by ...

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