Equal Covid Stimulus Relief for Single Mom Households

Equal Covid Stimulus Relief for Single Mom Households

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Susan Gaertner started this petition to All members of the U.S. Congress

Single mom households deserve at least EQUAL Covid relief support from the Stimulus package as married couple households.  NOT HALF.  Governments around the world realize that Covid is not gender neutral. Women are bearing the brunt of this crisis.  You have supported corporate America through this crisis, now support us.  Some facts about women in America to support this petition:

1. Reduced Earning Power:  American women on average earn 81 cents per every dollar earned by men. (Latina and Hispanic women earn 54 cents and African American women earn 62 cents per every dollar earned by men.)

2.  Limited Cash on Hand:  The median savings account balance for female-headed households in 2016 was $2,500.

3.  Limited Access to Additional Cash: Unlike corporate America, most American women do not have plenty of options for quick and easy access to cash when finances get tight.

4. No Financial Cushion: Nearly two-thirds of employed women said that if they lost their personal income, they wouldn’t be able to pay for basic necessities for more than three months.

5.  Gender and Ageism: When personal and job characteristics are held constant, jobless women are 18 percent less likely to find new work at age 50 to 61 than at age 25 to 34. At 62 or older, they are 50 percent less likely to be rehired, according to research by the Urban Institute.

6.  Less in Retirement Savings: U.S. men have three times more retirement savings than women. Older women received about $4,500 less annually in Social Security benefits in 2014 than older men due to lower lifetime earnings, time taken off for caregiving, occupational segregation into lower wage work, and other issues.

7.  Violence Against Women: Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, instances of intimate partner violence (IPV) were already extremely high. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 3 women in the United States have experienced IPV. The risks to victims are serious, with CDC data linking IPV to an increased risk of death. Unfortunately, one of the most striking findings to come out of research on IPV in the wake of disasters is that, in addition to the rate of abuse increasing, the severity of abuse can increase as well. 

8. Gender Inequalities: The pre-existing constraints on women due to discrimination, human rights abuses and gender inequities around the world, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, portend tragic results for women and families in the United States and across the globe.

CONGRESS CAN YOU HEAR US?

 

 

 

 

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