It is a sad reality that, as a group, women are poorly educated, poorly paid, and just plain poor.
- More than 1 in 8 women in the U.S., over 15 million, lived in poverty in 2008. Over 1/3 of these women lived in extreme poverty, defined as income below 50% of the Federal Poverty level.
- Two-thirds of children denied primary education are girls
- 75% of the world’s 876 million illiterate adults are women, reported the Millennium Campaign in 2007.
- Worldwide, women and children constitute about 70 percent of the absolute poor—those living on less than a dollar a day.
- Seventy-five percent of all poor Americans over age 65 are women.
- A college-educated woman earns an annual median income of $51,000 compared to $61,000 for a college-educated man.
- A girl who doesn’t graduate from high school has a 90 percent chance of being poor and of passing the “legacy” of poverty to her children.
As part of its overall mission to promote equity and opportunity for women and girls in the Greater Metropolitan Kansas City Area, The Women’s Foundation has completed a research project identifies areas where focus is needed now.