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Women's State-Wide Legislative Network

has undertaken research analyzing barriers to women in the labor market, the reasons behind single mothers\' poverty, and poverty\'s effect on women and poor women of color.September/October 1994 issue of Poverty & Race

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The Women's State-Wide Legislative Network has undertaken research analyzing barriers to women in the labor market, the reasons behind single mothers' poverty, and poverty's effect on women and poor women of color. The research, funded by PRRAC and conducted by Randy Abelda of the University of Massachusetts - Boston and Chris Tilly of the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, has been published in the report Glass Ceiling and Bottomless Pits: Women, Income and Poverty in Massachusetts (available from WSLN, July 1994, 38 pp., $10). Their findings indicate that two out of three poor adults in Massachusetts are women and that the poverty rates among Latina women and children are among the worst at 46% and 60%, respectively.
WSLN is currently organizing community forums and meetings for policymakers, service providers, and other individuals in the community. Forums have been held already in Springfield, Framingham, Roxbury, Cape Cod and Amherst. The research has also been disseminated to statewide legislators in an attempt to influence local, state and national efforts at welfare reform. Pending legislation in Massachusetts mirrors similar efforts at the national level in calling for two-year limits on welfare assistance and an emphasis on having a job while further reducing overall benefits. WSLN intends to continue providing the research results to legislators and communities in an attempt to provide greater understanding of women and poverty in Massachusetts.
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