In a recent community study made by The New York Times, a connection between the rate of increase in single parents and society’s growing inequality of income was noticed. Single parents are on the rise, and based on statistics, there are more single mothers than fathers. With every addition to the number, financial burdens rise which naturally affects the economy.
Single mothers who were unable to attain college degrees find it very hard to make ends meet. Most depend on food stamps, coupons and vouchers, donations. Those who are able to work settle with low wages, since time is a big pressure; the single mom catches the immediately available work position she can get.
There are existing efforts on a local and national level to support these single parents but many openly voice out that in stead of more efforts being put in, a number are even paring back allowances and supports which these single mothers and fathers depend greatly on.
Latest statistics reveal a big difference on birth situations. In the 1990’s, only about 20 percent have births outside of marriage. These days, the rate is up to 41%. Many of the occurrences fall in the middle to low income generating parent/s. If the government is unable to grant needed support, then financial capacity will be on a downward trend, not just for the single parent but for the children born out of wedlock; they may very well assume the same financial struggle their single parent has been facing, when they grow up.
American politics seem to just dodge addressing this problem in a more serious and intentional manner. Don’t be surprised to find out that America is the only nation among the top 15 economically competitive countries which does not mandate paid sick leave nor does the US pay vacation time of employees. This doesn’t make it any easier for the single parent who will helplessly miss work if something happens at home that would need his or her presence.
While all this information may be sad to hear, the single mother can take heart. Government, Social, and Religious programs are still in place. Some form of help is available. Consult an organization nearby for inquiries. Check help for single mothers for information.