The following facts present a snapshot of women in poverty, explain why women experience higher rates of poverty, and explore the policy solutions that can best ensure lasting economic security for women and their families.
However, due to the ubiquity of the federal poverty line and its real implications in determining people’s eligibility for various programs, the authors define poverty as individuals falling below 100 percent of the federal poverty line, unless otherwise specified.
* Nearly 10 million women lived in deep poverty, defined as falling below 50 percent of the federal poverty line.
Figure 1Black women, Latinas, and AIAN women are also disproportionately represented among women living in poverty.
Similarly, Black women represent 22.3 percent of women in poverty but make up only 12.8 percent of all women in the U.S. population.