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Women’s Economic Security in Illinois: The Impact of the Recession on Single Mothers (Joint Project, Chicago Foundation for Women)

During the Great Recession, economic circumstances for single-mother households have become more fragile. They continued to earn less income than their married counterparts and even single-father households. Unemployment rates and poverty rates among single mothers have increased substantially. Single mothers, unlike most married mothers, bear the entire cost of raising their children and providing for their needs. When single mothers struggle to support their families, children also suffer—it can worsen issues such as hunger, homelessness, and inadequate access to quality child care.

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