Women are more likely to be affected by the economy than men, according to a National Women's Law Center poll released last week. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted anti-poverty measures that work towards reducing poverty, but women continue to face severe economic challenges.
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have bi-partisan commissions to reduce poverty, especially the number of children living in poverty, according to Stateline.org. The programs rely on community involvement and political support to set specific poverty reduction goals. In 2004, Connecticut was the first state to pass a law to reduce child poverty by half within ten years.
Despite these economic initiatives, money challenges are growing for women. CNN reports that some women have gone so far as to donate their eggs to make ends meet. Though little is known about the long-term risks of the procedure, the number of potential egg donors is still increasing. One woman told CNN, "The cost of living is crazy right now, with two kids, gas prices and rent…I'm living paycheck to paycheck. I just really need the money to finish school."
Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center, stated in a press release, "Women today face enormous economic challenges. They often struggle to achieve economic security and health care that meets their needs, and face difficulties securing access to equal education and employment opportunities."
Media Resources: Feminist News Wire 08/08/08; National Women's Law Center Press Release 08/06/08; CNN 08/08/08; Stateline.org 08/07/08; Women's eNews Cheers and Jeers 08/09/08
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .