The Public Interest

Not all female-headed families are created equal

Alison J. Quin & Douglas J. Besharov

Fall 1987

FOR SOME TIME NOW, we have been hearing about “the feminization of poverty,” a process brought on by the deterioration of families, which leaves single women and mothers destitute. And indeed, there is substantial evidence that women are more often the victims of poverty: Almost half of all female-headed families with children under eighteen are below the poverty line and three-quarters of those families who begin receiving AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) do so because they have become female-headed families.

Download a PDF of the full article.

Download

Sign-in to your National Affairs subscriber account.


Already a subscriber? Activate your account.


subscribe

Unlimited access to intelligent essays on the nation’s affairs.

SUBSCRIBE
Subscribe to National Affairs.