Make a Mother’s Day Gift that Lasts for Generations to Come

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, the most important gift we could give the nation’s approximately 3.5 million impoverished single mothers is the support they need to move themselves and their families out of poverty. Our nation’s perilous economy has taken a toll on many lives. But the impact has been especially harsh for low-income mothers struggling to raise their children on wages that fail to cover even basic needs.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A new report released by the Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC) called Aiming Higher: Removing Barriers to Education, Training and Jobs for Low-income Women, makes recommendations for how we as a nation can take actions that will make a difference. For example, our representatives in Washington, DC need to be part of efforts before Congress this year to strengthen public assistance programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). If these programs emphasized helping women improve their skills and education rather than getting the women to work at any available job, they could be key stepping stones to moving out of poverty.

California, indeed our entire nation, will not prosper without investments in programs and services that provide greater opportunity for all members of society, including the millions of women and children mired in poverty.

As you celebrate Mother’s Day, please consider giving to the Women’s Foundation of California.

Download the report

WESC is a collaboration between the Women’s Foundation of California, the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Women’s Funding Network.

Learn more about WESC.

Read other stories related to the challenges and accomplishments of mothers in California:

“Grown Up ‘Mean Girls”

Safeguarding Their Rights to Parent

Stop Blaming Young Women for Being Mothers

Women Who Inspire Me

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