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By David Brady, Ryan M. Finnigan, and Sabine Hubgen
No group is as linked to poverty in the American mind as single mothers. For decades, politicians, journalists and scholars have scrutinized the reasons poor couples fail to use contraception, have children out of wedlock and do not marry.
When the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution formed a bipartisan panel of prominent poverty scholars to write a “Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty” in 2015, its first recommendation was to “promote a new cultural norm surrounding parenthood and marriage.”
The reality, however, is that single motherhood is not the reason we have unusually high poverty in the United States, compared with other rich democracies.
Page Gardner, president and founder of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF), released the following statement in anticipation of President Trump reading off a teleprompter in his State of the Union address:
“Donald Trump has had a bull’s eye on the Rising American Electorate, who are the majority of the voting eligible population, ever since he became president.
No matter what Donald Trump says in his State of the Union, we know what people of color, unmarried women, and young people really think of Trump and the direction of the country according to a recent groundbreaking study from Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF) and Democracy Corps’ Stan Greenberg.
There’s a new coalition forming of the Rising American Electorate and white working-class women, but Democrats need to start speaking to their values and issues if they hope to capitalize in November, according to a groundbreaking study from WVWVAF and Democracy Corps’ Stan Greenberg.
Page Gardner, president and founder of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, released the following statement on the Republican government shutdown:
“Donald Trump and the Republican Party control the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, yet they forced a government shutdown that will hurt the Rising American Electorate, many of whom are middle class families.
Page Gardner, president and founder of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, released the following statement today after Donald Trump was forced to shut down his sham voting commission:
“Donald Trump’s goal all along has been to disenfranchise voters, and he won’t stop trying just because he was forced to shut down his sham voting commission.
Page Gardner, the president and founder of Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund, wrote an article in Glamour Magazine about a pivotal group of Americans: Unmarried women:
It’s been a watershed year for women’s rights. While 2017 continues to be devastating for millions of women, it’s clear that many—particularly women of color, young women, and unmarried women—are poised to transform the future of our country with their voices and their votes in 2018, just as they did in Alabama, Virginia, and other elections this year.
We began 2017 with the Women’s March, the largest protest in U.S.
Celeste Katz writing for Newsweek, includes a quote from Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund President, Page Gardner:
It’s hard—very hard—for Republicans to lose Senate races in ruby-red Alabama, but Roy Moore pulled it off Tuesday night. Here are some of the reasons Democrat Doug Jones, not Moore, is going to Washington after a stunning victory.
Page Gardner, president and founder of Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund, released the following statement on the Alabama election for U.S. Senate:
“In a special election that everyone thought would have low turnout, African American voters made sure their voices were heard loud and clear.
Senate Republicans are pushing through a tax plan that would disproportionately hurt unmarried women, people of color, and young people – all members of the Rising American Electorate who are the majority of the voting eligible population.
The RAE is targeted by the GOP plan: The RAE is already overrepresented among middle class and lower-income groups, with 51% of unmarried women, 50% of African Americans, and 38% of Latinos with household incomes less than $50,000.