Hartford, Conn. (WTNH & PCSW) – The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) just released a new report on women’s living in poverty in the United States.  In every state women outnumber the amount of men living in poverty. But that is not the only hurdle women face.  The IWPR also looked at business ownership, access to health insurance and education for women as well.

In Connecticut, 10.6% of women over the age of 18 live in poverty, while 7.8% of men are in the same situation.  Of those women 6.9% are white, 27.3% are Hispanic and 20% are African American and 7.1% are Asian.

The report also looked at women’s access to higher education.  While the study finds that more women get degrees than men, it’s not all equal when it comes to race.  In Connecticut, 28.6% of Hispanic women have less than a high school diploma, compared to 6.5% of white women.   Additionally, only 10.7% of Connecticut’s Native American women hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 40.4% of the state’s white women and 61.2% of the state’s Asian/Pacific Islander women hold one.

In reaction to this recent report, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut is supporting several pieces of legislation that would help enhance women’s economic security in the state.

Including:

– Establish a system of paid family and medical leave, which would be particularly helpful to low-income single mothers who are responsible for their own care and the care of loved ones, and are often one illness away from falling deeper into poverty;

– Expand Care4kids, the state’s childcare subsidy program, to include low-income women who are seeking higher education; and

– Make the Temporary Family Assistance Program, Connecticut’s cash assistance program for working families, into one that is more responsive to the needs of the families receiving assistance and is designed in a way that better promotes their chances for long-term economic success.

To find out more on this report visit www.statusofwomendata.org.

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