Even in this day and age, women struggle to achieve equal pay for equal work. Some experience discrimination around pregnancy, and fight for paid maternity leave. Child-care costs and facilities are a major factor in a woman’s ability to be in the work force. Single parents face challenges every time a child is ill, or school is cancelled.
Out of 11.7 million single-parent families in 2010, 9.9 million were headed by custodial moms (by http://singleparents.about.com). 23.1% of children in single-parent families lived exclusively with their mothers. Currently, 1 in 4 U.S. households is headed by a single mom (Reuters), and almost without exception these women earn far less than married women with children. 29% of custodial single moms live at or below the poverty level (singleparentadvocate.org). The pay gap between single and married women without children is, on average, $857 per year. Shockingly, the different in the pay between single and married moms averages $19,000 per year (Pew Research Center). In 1960 there were 1.9 million single moms in the United States; by 2011 there were 8.6 million (Pew).
Women of every age can both benefit from and serve as models of strong leaders who seek to create balance among professional, person, and family responsibilities.
Do you have experiences that could benefit someone else? Do you want to talk to someone who can help you with career roles or discrimination? Contact us – we can help.
Did you know that victims of domestic violence come in every age and every gender? Domestic violence and dating violence are not acceptable ways to address issues or build healthy, mutual relationships. There are resources, in Rhode Island and at CCRI, to help with any of these issues.
December 1st is World AIDS Day - help paint CCRI red! AIDS affects people all over the world, and we can help spread awareness and information. Stop by the Gender Equity tables on November 28, 29, 30. Become more educated about what living with HIV / AIDS is really like. Find out who can be infected, and how. And pick up a World AIDS Day sticker to wear December 1 – Wear red that day to help raise awareness of the FACTS about AIDS.
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