Single Mothers and Poverty: A Historical Battle

Poverty has always existed in the United States, however the problems fluctuate as the country progresses. While today’s single mothers experience high social stigma for their poverty and behaviors associated with poverty, poverty during wartime, for example, is less stigmatized because it is a condition of the cultural whole rather than the minority. Consequences were … More Single Mothers and Poverty: A Historical Battle

Single Mothers and Marriage: Poverty as Motivation for Childbearing

We have discussed single mothers in poverty primarily in terms of the mother experiencing more detrimental poverty after her becoming single – becoming a single mother influenced her being in poverty. While this is sometimes the case, there is another demographic of single mothers in poverty who were in poverty before becoming a single mother … More Single Mothers and Marriage: Poverty as Motivation for Childbearing

Single Mothers and Social Security

The Social Security Act, originally passed in 1935 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal Program, was designed to provide support for the elderly and increase welfare and health programs for mothers and children. While the Act certainly did enforce measures that would ultimately allot higher proportions of funding to these types of programs, … More Single Mothers and Social Security

Single Mothers and their Children: Childcare Reform

Child care is a major concern of single mothers in general, but particular for low income single mothers. We understand that cost of childcare proportionally increases as mothers’ income decreases, and that this both encourages mothers to work more frequently as well as discourages it due to the costs associated with it. This double standard … More Single Mothers and their Children: Childcare Reform

Single Mothers and Education: the Educated Working Class

Problems with education among the poor, particularly poor women, has been a problem for decades. Even as far back as 1840, there was encouragement among the middle-upper class to educate their girls, however the poor seemed to be neglected both in finances and opportunities for education. The fact that this pattern has existed not only … More Single Mothers and Education: the Educated Working Class

Single Mothers in Society: Mrs. Mom versus Mr. Mom

So far in our series of discussions on single mothers in poverty, we have covered various reasons why the wage gap exists as well as its effects on women both physically and emotionally, but we have yet to discuss how single mothers compare to single fathers. Karen Kramer, the primary author of this particular study, … More Single Mothers in Society: Mrs. Mom versus Mr. Mom

Single Mothers and Violence: Financial Constraints of Abuse

Much of our discussion relating to the poverty of single mothers has related to social capital. Up until this point, we have talked about the different types of capitals and how each of those affect women in their spheres both domestically and publically – for instance, we have discussed the wage gap and the various … More Single Mothers and Violence: Financial Constraints of Abuse