At Rope's End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S.
At Rope's End, a co-authored report by Mariko Chang, PhD author of Short-Changed: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It and C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service explores the economic security and vulnerability of single mothers through the lens of wealth and asset accumulation as opposed to income and employment.
Findings from the report suggest:
• Single women mothers possess only 4 percent of the wealth of single fathers: $100 compared to $25,300.
• Race and ethnicity are significant factors in building wealth among single women mothers. Black and Latino single
mothers have a median wealth of zero, whereas white women report a median wealth of $6,000.
• Education is a strong predictor of wealth and assets among single women mothers. Single mothers with less than a
high school education have a net worth of zero, while those with a college degree or higher have a median net worth of
To read the full report, click here.
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