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The Morning after Mother's Day

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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.

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Here are some salient facts of mothers in the U.S. today:

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Single Mothers

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

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Gender Wage and Benefit Gap

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H. Patricia Hynes, a retired Professor of Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health, is on the board of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

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