Mother's Day with its messages of love, respect and gratitude -- has passed. And we revert to the social, economic, and political realities of women who are mothers, realities airbrushed away for a day.
Here are some salient facts of mothers in the U.S. today:
Twenty percent of all families are headed by working single mothers. Families of single mothers have an extremely high poverty rate, near 30% percent, and are worse off financially than single mothers were in 1970. Women who leave welfare and take jobs have average earnings of $8000-10,800 not nearly enough to lift a single mother and children out of poverty. In late 2009, 1 of every 8 women who were single mothers and sole breadwinners in their families was unemployed, a rate twice as high as married men. Women who flee violent husbands or partners usually end in poverty for a period of time, and, moreso, if they flee with their children. http://www.iwpr.org/index.cfm
Gender Wage and Benefit Gap