The Census Bureau’s latest figures on poverty show that U.S. women are hit hardest in every category, but somehow the major media omitted that in their reports. Leslie Bennetts reveals what was missed.
Among the many reasons for homelessness, domestic violence and low-cost housing shortages experienced within a context of poverty are fundamental for low-income women living in shelters. Women interviewed in homeless and battered women’s shelters in Phoenix, Arizona, describe a process of becoming homeless that usually involves a combination of interlocking events and factors, such that it is impossible to isolate one explanation for a woman’s homelessness. Nonetheless, women’s stories indicate a pattern in their persistent poverty and bettering relationships prior to becoming homeless.
Over one quarter of U.S. children under age 18 reside with only one of their parents,1 and as many as half of U.S. children may reside in a single parent family at some point in their childhood.2 The vast majority - over 85% - of single parents are single mothers.
Domestic Violence Documentary Film Excerpt
The film offers a probing and intimate exploration of the troubling persistence of violence against women in America. The recent economic crisis has contributed to a sharp increase in domestic violence around the country.
Two-thirds of women with young children now work. Nearly half are their family's primary breadwinner. What some feel is being lost in the political debate are the challenges they face in the workplace.
Tavis Smiley moderated a forum on women, children and poverty in the U.S. Speakers included CNBC's Suze Orman, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Pulitzer Prize winning author Sheryl WuDun. and Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder. They talked about short- and long-term solutions to combat poverty, as well as education, violence against women, voting rights, and reproductive rights.