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Poverty is a women’s issue. Nearly six in ten poor adults are women, and nearly six in ten poor children live in families headed by women. Poverty rates are especially high for single mothers, women of color, and elderly women living alone.

In addition to the resources below, please see NWLC's detailed analysis of the 2013 Census poverty data, as well as past reports on women's income and poverty rates.


Fact Sheet | Public Programs Lift Millions of Women and Children Out of Poverty

November 4, 2014

Public social insurance and safety net programs are critical to the economic security of women and families. Social Security, the EITC, SNAP, unemployment insurance, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are five key programs that lifted families’ incomes above the official poverty line in 2013.


Reports & Toolkits | Insecure & Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families 2000-2013

September 29, 2014

This report provides a gender analysis of national and state poverty and income data for 2013, released by the Census Bureau in September 2014


Fact Sheet | National Snapshot: Poverty Among Women & Families, 2013

September 19, 2014

The poverty rates for women remained at historically high levels in 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released in September 2014. Women’s poverty rates were once again substantially above the poverty rates for men


Fact Sheet | FAQs about the Census Bureau’s Official Poverty Measure

September 17, 2014

Each year, the Census Bureau releases data on poverty and income in the United States, and the National Women’s Law Center analyzes these data to provide a picture of how women and their families are faring. The following frequently asked questions take a closer look at what the Census Bureau numbers tell us—and don’t tell us—about poverty. 


More Resources

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Comments on American Community Survey Content Review Results

May 26, 2015

Infographics and Internet Memes | Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State

May 19, 2015

Legal Briefs & Testimony | Testimony of Joan Entmacher Before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources

March 18, 2015

Issue Briefs | Union Membership is Critical for Women’s Wage Equality

February 25, 2015

Issue Briefs | Cutting Programs for Low-Income People Especially Hurts Women and Their Families

February 05, 2015