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Eveline’s Sunshine Cottage resident Sheneka Collins helps her daughter, Tamiya, 7, with her homework at their home in Amarillo, TX, on Wednesday. Low-income or homeless single mothers are offered lodging and financial support through the program.
New report says millions of women at risk of falling into poverty, economic ruin
By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News
Although in recent decades women have made historic advances in nearly all areas of American public life, a staggering number of women across the country are still teetering on the verge of poverty and economic disaster, a new report released Sunday shows.
The report, co-authored by NBC News special anchor Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress, takes a wide-angle snapshot of a national economic crisis — seen through the eyes of women. The key findings paint a portrait of an estimated 42 million women — and 28 million dependent children — saddled with financial hardship.
“These are not women who are wondering if they can ‘have it all,'” Shriver wrote in her introduction to the report. “These are women who are already doing it all — working hard, providing, parenting, and care-giving. They’re doing it all, yet they and their families can’t prosper, and that’s weighing the U.S. economy down.”