“Why the poverty rates differ so much is not mysterious: it’s almost entirely about transfers (i.e. welfare programs). You can see this by looking at the poverty rate of children in single parent homes prior to taxes and transfers compared to the same poverty rate after taxes and transfers.
High poverty rates for children in single mother families is a policy choice. In the US, we decide in favor of it. In the Nordic social democracies, they decide against it.
Of course, it’s not just children in single mother households that have elevated poverty rates in the US. The US has massively higher child poverty rates across all family types.
Given the overwhelming size of the category, there are actually more impoverished children in married families in the US than any other family category (at least in this 2000 dataset).
Thus, high child poverty in the US is not caused by some overwhelming crush of single mother parenting. The lowest of the low-poverty countries manage to get along in the world with similar levels of single mother parenting just fine.”
Read “The Single Mother, Child Poverty Myth” in its entirety here.
Beyond Baby Mamas joins the family, friends and Orange, NJ communities of single mother Tanji Dewberry, 37, and her son, Evan Soler, 8, in mourning their untimely, tragic passing in a house fire on Sunday night. Dewberry was vice president of an investment firm and a children’s book author. Her book, Oh, Fiddlesticks, was written to raise awareness about ADHD after her son was diagnosed with the condition.
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‘The Single Moms Club?’ Thanks, But No Thanks.
Nicole Aghaaliandastjerdi, one of Beyond Baby Mamas’ most encouraging, inspiring and all-around awesome community members, saw The Single Moms Club — in an actual movie theater! — so you don’t have to. We asked her to review it for us and she graciously obliged. If you saw the film, too, we’d love your thoughts. Leave a comment below!
BBM community member Nicole Aghaaliandastjerdi’s shorter…
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Why ‘Doing Everything Right’ Doesn’t Insulate Women From Single Motherhood.
Professor Jen Jamison, with her gorgeous three-year-old twins.
Where I began my story as a single mother was at a time in my life when I felt like I had done everything the right way and in the correct order. I graduated from high school at the age of 18, followed by a bachelor of science degree in chemistry at the age of 22 and a Ph.D. in chemistry at the age of 28. During my postdoctoral…
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Three cheers for Sarah Huny Young, whose essay, “Beating Shame, Staying Trill,” which went live on the Beyond Baby Mamas website around 5:30 PM EST Friday, Feb. 21, is the fastest clicked post in the history of our blog. It scored over 1,100 viewers in six hours, making it the second highest viewed post ever!
Congratulations, gangsterly, and thank you for sharing yourself with our community. :)
Stranger in Her Eyes: A Single Mother’s Poem.
Gloria Malone is the mother of one beautiful daughter and the founder of TeenMomNYC.