families. This is information from last week’s census report. Single-mother families are almost five times more likely to be poor than are married couples with children.
Only 8% of unwed mothers are teenagers. Most un-wed births are to young women in their 20’s.
Why should you care?
Well, this is going to bring about a hard core push to suggest, demand, and try to legislate through tax breaks, encouragement for single pregnant women to marry. Studies show that most women are lifted out of poverty when they marry the father of their children.
You may have noticed, however, that poverty is on the rise and matrimony is in a steep decline.
I am feeling very mixed emotions as I read these statistics and basically glean everything I can about single mother’s and economic success. For me the issue is personal and professional.
Professional because I see first hand how two parent families leave my homeless and then the Welfare caseload much faster than single parent families do.
Personal because I was an unwed mother in my 20’s and am about to repeat history at 38 years old.