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Women, Poverty, & Social Work Infographic
Women, Poverty, and Social Work How to improve the lives of women around the world Poverty in Women Impoverished women and mothers struggle to pay for rent and food. 1/3 of American women are improvised, single mothers suffer the highest poverty rates in America, and 35 percent are more likely to live in poverty than men. More Work for Less Pay Although women work 29 days a year more than men, they earn 20 percent less. Women earn 24 percent less than men worldwide, they do twice as much unpaid work as men, and two thirds of people earning minimum wage are women. Consequences of Poverty Poverty effects go beyond the lack of money and resources. They can include children twice as likely to drop out of school, 6 percent more have chronic illness, high income inequality leads to higher chance for children maltreatment, 2 times more depression, and girls living in poverty experience three times the teen pregnancy rate. Social workers help impoverished women succeed. Social workers can play a key role in helping women in many different ways. Like advocating for policy changes, researching issues affecting vulnerable populations, helping fix issues affecting impoverished women, and identifying issues that uniquely affect women. How social workers help individuals Social workers can provide assistance for many different aspects of client’s lives. They can help find housing for homeless families, help families use welfare, help with mental issues, and counseling for families. O L L U Our Lady of the Lake University Sources: American Progress, The Shriver Report, Living On One, United Nations Endnotes on sources