Just read an excellent report from Women Voices, Women Vote on the changing shift in American demographics, hello Singles are you listening. Though this is probably no surprise to you, but the impact is dramatic and all areas not just politics. Here is a quick review, but make sure to read the entire report from WVWV.
Nearly half of adult citizens are unmarried (45.1%) Most of them have never been married. Over a quarter are separated or divorced. One in seven is widowed.
Unmarried women are less likely to have a college degree than married America.
Nearly one in five unmarried women are single mothers. They are three times more likely than their unmarried male counterparts to have their own child under 18 living with them.
Unemployment affects Americans across the marital board, but it disproportionately affects unmarried Americans, especially unmarried men. Even before the recession, unmarried Americans made up more than two-thirds of all those unemployed. 63% of unemployed americans are single!
- Unmarried women are five times as likely to live in poverty compared to married men
- Poverty rates among unmarried women are drastically higher than married women, even across race and ethnicity. White unmarried women are 4 times as likely to be in poverty as their married counterparts, and unmarried African American women and Latinas are 3 and 2.5 times more likely, respectively
- Half of all children living in poverty live with a single mother; and half of all children living with a single mother exist in poverty
- Unmarried women make only 56 cents on the dollar, compared to married men
- Every group of unmarried women has lower earnings than married women - 63% of never married women earn 54 cents on the dollar compared to married women
- Compared to married Americans, unmarried Americans are twice as likely to rent their homes instead of owning them.
So are you asking where is the good news in this report? Personally it ticks me off. Hello world it is 2010 and to see figures like "unmarried women make only 56 cents on the dollar" or "half of all children living in poverty live with a single mother" is just plain disgusting. But it is also motivating. First as a single professional, who was raised by a single mother, I grew up understanding the struggle but wanting something better, thus why I strive to help singles prosper.
But it is important for singles to realize if they don't get involved in improving there own situations and speaking up for the issues that affect them then it could be another 50 years before we see real change.