April 4, 2015

Three Reasons Hunger Hits Women Harder

When it comes to hunger, women are hit hard. One-third of women-headed households faces hunger — that's more than any other households.

On top of that, Congress is threatening to dismantle the critical nutrition programs that keep millions of women and their children from going hungry.

And during Women's History Month! March is supposed to be for celebrating and uplifting women, not pushing them deeper into poverty.

Gender discrimination makes women and girls more vulnerable to hunger and poverty. Bread's 2015 Hunger Report gives these top three reasons:
  • Discrimination puts women in low-wage jobs more often. 31.5 percent of women earned poverty-level wages in 2013. That's significantly higher than men (23.7 percent earned poverty-level wages).
  • Even women in higher-paying jobs face a gender pay gap. Women earn 78 cents for every $1 that men in a comparable position earn.
  • Women bear a disproportionate care burden and get little help. Unlike men, women are expected to shoulder most childcare responsibilities in a family. They're often working outside the home at the same time. For many women, this is an unmanageable balancing act.

Gender discrimination equals hunger perpetuation. You might think this is common sense, but many in Congress just don't get it.

Just last week, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland offered an amendment to the budget that would promote equal pay. And it failed.

Want to do something about this injustice?

Call or email Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton at 800-826-3688. Urge Congress to oppose cuts to programs that are working to end hunger and poverty for women and girls around the world.

Now is the time. The House and Senate are about to conference their budgets. Plus it's Women's History Month! 

Speak up now. Tell Congress they can’t turn their backs on women and their families.

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