“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
Many women in America are living in poverty, which forces them to rely on social support systems to survive. The goal of the National Women’s Council is to assist women by educating and empowering them to progress economically, ultimately leading to economic independence. NWC advocates for women so that they can be assured that resources are distributed evenly.
Women are often times the head of a single parent household, which means they are also solely responsible for providing for their children as well. Many children around the nation rely on their mothers to provide for them; by empowering mothers, the future generations can be positively impacted as well. According to the Kauffman foundation 50 percent of all women are Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship strengthens the U.S. Economy and provides potential for economic independence. The National Women’s Council provides information and resources to empower women through opportunities for entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
- “Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are black or Hispanic. In 2009, 29.9 percent of households headed by single women were poor” (http://www.npc.umich.edu/poverty/)
- “From 1992 to 2002, the number of adult women participating in WIC increased by 48 percent” (http://mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa04/pages/ch1.htm)
- “The Federal Food Stamp Program helps low-income individuals to purchase food; in 2002, 69 percent of all adult Food Stamp participants were women.” (http://mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa04/pages/ch1.htm)
- “The poverty rate for all women 18 years and older in 2002 was 12.3 percent (13.5 million women).” (http://mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa04/pages/ch1.htm)