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Rising Poverty in Pictures

Check out these graphs which can also be found here: Rising Poverty in Pictures | National Women’s Law Center. You can also find a link to the report from that site. As for this graph…

First, notice how white men have a lower poverty rate than any women and white women suffer less than women of color; that is not a surprise to anyone who 1. knows how white supremacist heteropatriarchy functions on a systemic level and reinforces the capitalistic tenant of unequal distribution of resources: that some have more than others (the “haves” vs. “have nots”) in favor of white people, or 2. has been paying attention to life around them. A graph that includes men, women, and trans people as well as race/ethnicity would be very interesting.  This kind of information is important when keeping in mind the ways in which economic abuse is used as a tactic of domestic violence.

Then there’s this graph which is pretty straight forward as well:


News Roundup

First, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has ruled that the U.S. should do more to protect victims of domestic violence.  Exerpt:

The decision marks the first time that an international tribunal has found that the U.S. violated the rights of a domestic violence survivor. It also specifically articulates that failure to respond to domestic violence can constitute a human rights violation by the U.S. government.

Second, here’s a petition advocating for IPV screenings, as was outlined in the HHS ruling.  All you need to do is enter your info in the fields, super easy way to make a difference!

Third, from Forbes, here’s an article on economic abuse and the importance of women’s financial literacy. Exerpt:

Thakor suggests that all women pursue some form of financial self-education, since “knowledge leads to peace.” She emphasizes that this is particularly important for women who experience economic abuse as part of domestic violence. In her college years, Thakor volunteered at a domestic violence center and witnessed the connection between economic insecurity, limited choices and partner violence. She saw that women without financial resources experience an even greater sense of helplessness.

“Money gives us a voice, “ she explains.

Most survivors of abuse already feel silenced by their experience. Lack of money intensifies feelings of being trapped, devalued and alone. Although women living below the poverty line are the most vulnerable to economic abuse, this element of partner violence affects women of all socioeconomic levels.


We also need to introduce girls to financial literacy programs at an early age, so they are prepared to have healthy, equitable relationships and feel confident that they can take care of themselves. The Girls Inc. Economic Literacy program teaches girls about money management and financial independence.

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