Women & Poverty


“Since the late 1800s, settlement houses in America have allowed people of different backgrounds and socio-economic statuses to participate in activities and learn basic skills, with the support of others from their communities.  American settlements, and the women who led them, were not just the result of the Progressive Era in U.S. history; they were a defining force in the Progressive reform agenda. In the process, America gained a multi-dimensional perspective on poverty, one that continues to inform settlement houses, community multi-service centers, neighborhood development, and other efforts to promote social welfare.”  

Source: Social Welfare History Project

The Basic Facts About Women in Poverty

Women and Poverty in America

Feminization of poverty

Social Welfare History Project Women, Settlements and Poverty