Today, more than 17 million American women are living in poverty, and more than 7.5 million of those in extreme poverty–meaning that they survive on less than $5,672 a year. Female-headed households are really hurting: Forty percent live in poverty. These women and their families aren’t numbers. They may be you, me, our families or our neighbors. In the current economy, many of us are only one paycheck or one illness away from poverty.
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