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Empowering Women – The Women’s Fund of Essex County

Empowering Women – The Women’s Fund of Essex County
Merrimack Valley Magazine
Thursday, February 11, 2016
2015 Power of the Purse fundraiser. Photo by Alyse Gause.

Imagine being a single mother of three children. Now imagine having no place to call home.

For most people, the situation is inconceivable. But, according to the national nonprofit Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, of the reported 4,500 homeless families living in Massachusetts, the vast majority of them are single mothers and their children. And there are other facts that are equally grim: 31 percent of single-parent families live in poverty; one in seven women and girls live in poverty, and one out of four of them will suffer violence or physical abuse in their lifetime, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Then there are the teen pregnancy, self-esteem and body image issues that are faced by so many women and girls. Read more...

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