Washington Area Women's Foundation

Weekly Round-Up: News and Analysis on Women and Poverty (Week ending December 5, 2008)

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a national foundation-led initiative, is excited to collaborate with The Women’s Foundation to bring you the latest news and analysis on women and poverty.

Spotlight is the go-to site for news and ideas about fighting poverty.  And every Friday, look for our weekly rundown of the top news stories on women and poverty.

Here’s this week’s news:

In a story covered by the Birmingham News, Alabama has decreased child-support obligations for the poor.

President-elect Obama represents an example for kids of single moms, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Washington Times reports on a controversial new holiday present: Planned Parenthood gift certificates.

In a Boston Globe editorial, Randy Albelda, a professor of economics and senior fellow at the Center for Social Policy at University of Massachusetts-Boston, argues that the proposed job stimulus plan leaves out women.

A story in the Chicago Tribune sheds light on the struggles of single women in tough economic times.

The New York Times profiles a single mom struggling to support a daughter with special needs.

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The Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Team

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a foundation-led, non-partisan initiative aimed at ensuring that our political leaders take significant actions to reduce poverty and increase opportunity in the United States. We bring together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to engage in an ongoing dialogue focused on finding genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.