An analysis of recently released census data finds a disconcerting difference in poverty levels between men and women—particularly those over age 65—and unconscionably high levels for women of color. More than one in three Native American women live below the federal poverty line.
The Census Bureau published a new measure of poverty this month to more carefully count those Americans who are barely getting by. The new income category—“near poor”—is up for grabs to those in the OWS movement, who could use it to better tell their alternative story of broad American hardship. (more)