when pigs fly … expect the unbelievable

Primary Breadwinner Women

Posted on: September 26, 2016

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, more than 201,000 households have women as the sole or primary breadwinner; 39% of those households (78,038) are living at or below the poverty line.  More specifically with the NPWF analysis, if the wage gap were eliminated in Mississippi, on average, a working woman in Mississippi would have 77 more weeks of food for her family, nine more months of mortgage and utility payments or more than nine additional months of rent.

Women make up half of Mississippi’s workforce, but 72% of the state’s minimum-wage workers.  A minimum wage leaves a family of two below the poverty level.

We have a economic hole that our legislators should be busy digging us out of.  Perhaps enforcing wage parity for women in Mississippi — many of them primary breadwinners for their homes and families — would help.

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