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Poverty Statistics

Bachmann Botches Key Poverty Stats

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Rep. Michele Bachmann was wrong on two counts when she claimed today’s poverty rate is ...

18 Powerful Facts About Women And Poverty

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 08.29.2012 | Women

Fact: In 2010 46 million Americans were living in poverty. Fact: Record numbers of Americans living in "extreme poverty" are women. During the Re...

The Unfinished War

Richard C. Leone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

The United States has proven over several decades to be more tolerant of poverty and of homelessness and other associated ills than is the case in other industrialized countries.

If the 'End of Men' Is Here, Why Is Female Poverty Up?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.14.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Sure, women may be doing better in school, but we're still up against the pay gap and glass ceiling at work and the second shift at home. And that's only half the story.

WATCH: The New Faces Of Poverty

Posted 11.19.2011 | Impact

Fifteen percent of Americans live in poverty, the highest number in any industrialized nation in the world, the Associated Press reports. The stagger...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

(SANTIAGO, CHILE) A surprising number of the conservatives I've met here -- starting with President Piñera -- talk about the goal of eliminating poverty in their country by the end of the decade. The number of U.S. politicians -- including liberal ones -- eager to have that conversation has been dwindling, even as the number of Americans living below the poverty line has been growing (it's now 1 in 7). Piñera exudes a sense of urgency, as though there is not a moment to waste. His line of attack mirrors the approach he took with the trapped Chilean miners. His experts offered him three different strategies to try to get them out. Do all three at the same time, he ordered. "That," he told me, "is what I would do if it were my children in the mine." How different things might be here if our leaders took the same approach to the millions of Americans trapped by the economic crisis.

Our Future Looks Poorer

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Being American gives you 1 in 7 chance of being poor.

Child Nutrition: Silence in Response to 44 Million Americans Below the Poverty Line

Billy Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Billy Shore

Here's a philosophical variation of the "if a tree falls in a forest" question for you: if 44 million Americans fall below the poverty line, and no one hears it, do they make any sound?

Child Poverty Over 30% In Chicago, As Recession Cripples Families

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new report has shed light on some heartbreaking statistics on child poverty. Among them: nearly a third of Chicago children live below the poverty l...

America's 10 Poorest Cities: Forbes

ABC News | Joshua Zumbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Great Recession is rewriting the rules of American poverty. Data from the Census Bureau, released in September, show that during the first year of...