The Working Poor Families Project's policy brief "Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Future" [PDF] found that out of 7.1 million families headed by women, 4.1 million lived in poverty, encompassing 8.5 million children.
President Obama signed an Executive Order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.
850,000 households across the country - encompassing 1.7 million people - are now set to lose around $90 a month in food stamp benefits because of the US Senate vote last night on the 2014 Farm Bill.
Last week, Minnesota lawmakers introduced an expansive legislative package -- dubbed the “Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014" -- to address a wide range of issues affecting women working outside of the home, including mandated paid sick leave, increased minimum wage and expanded access to childcare.
“Full time work should not be rewarded with full time poverty. Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs should have a chance to support themselves and their families and build a little economic security. It is time for Congress to act and raise the minimum wage."
Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress released a joint report yesterday detailing the status of American women living in poverty, suggesting policies that would help millions of women become financially secure, and calling on the United States to "modernize its relationship with women in order not only to strengthen our economy, but also...
The Senate Banking Committee voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve.
The raise will help over 600,000 workers, particularly women, who make up nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationwide.
A new report released by Child Care Aware of America reveals that in the last year, the cost of child care increased at up to eight times the rate of increases in US family income.
Despite the importance of SNAP for keeping 47 million Americans out of poverty - especially children, the disabled, and the elderly - Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing for more cuts.