poverty

  • She lives with her mother and two young children in a one-bedroom apartment, working odd and demanding hours at minimum wage, barely making ends meet. Now that her mother is ill and can no longer help her care for her children, she must leave her job and move her family into a shelter.
  • Poverty Rate Declines But Remains High, Gender Poverty Gap PersistsLegal Momentum Poverty Report 2013
  • Single Parent Snapshot 2014
  • A TANF Misery Index 2014 UpdateTANF Misery Index 2014 Update
  • At the time of the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty" famously declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a new report released by The Shriver Report, A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, is bringing media attention to the issues of women and poverty that Legal Momentum has long championed.
  • There has been too little progress in ending poverty since President Johnson famously declared war on poverty in the United States in his January 8, 1964 State of the Union Message. Over one seventh of Americans still are poor. Recent poverty rates are among the highest since the declaration of a war on poverty. Women, children, Blacks, and Hispanics are still disproportionately poor. Without public benefits, many more would be poor. The U.S. has an exceptionally high relative poverty rate among high income countries at least in part because our public benefits do less to reduce poverty. Official poverty measurement does not capture the sizable gains in health care coverage for the poor since the 1960s, but health care coverage still falls far short of the universal coverage that is now standard in other high income countries
  • The raw gender pay gap understates gender inequities because women now have superior levels of educational attainment  and consequently, other things equal, should have higher median earnings than men.  Controlling for educational attainment, the gender pay gap is significantly larger, as illustrated in this report. 
  • Legal Momentum mourns the death of Nobel prize winner Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, political prisoner, and
  • The Census Bureau recently reported that 42% of single parent households experienced at least one of nine measured hardships
  • Legal Momentum works to raise awareness of the issue of how poverty disproportionately affects women in the United States. This week, The Nation's blog has highlighted our expertise in their article "5 Things You May Have Missed on Poverty Day."
  • This report compares employment, earnings, income, and poverty data for younger (22 to 35) and older (36 to 64) working age men and women.In both age groups, paid work is more common for men than for women -- men are more likely to work full-time all-year, more likely to be employed for
  • An estimated 3.7 million families with about 7 million children are eligible for TANF but not receiving it. SNAP, unlike TANF, enrolls most eligible children. States could reduce extreme child poverty simply by enrolling in TANF all TANF-eligible SNAP-recipient children.