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By Valerie Polakow, Sandra S. Butler, Luisa Stormer Deprez, Peggy Kahn

Records the commercial, academic, and existential struggles that unmarried moms in poverty confront within the present welfare weather.

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This program provides a stipend equivalent to the TANF benefit—paid out of state Maintenance of Effort funds—to women attending college. 50 per hour before entering college. In addition, 75 percent receive employer-sponsored health insurance, 61 percent have paid sick leave, and 68 percent have paid vacations (Smith, Deprez, and Butler 2002). In Vermont, where a waiver allowed a Job Opportunities and Basic Skills ( JOBS) program to continue at the University of Vermont, a follow-up study of graduates revealed similar success (Boldt 2000).

3. The experimental group is exposed to the intervention being tested (an education program, for example), while the control group is not. If all other circumstances are the same for both groups, then any differences in outcomes that cannot be explained by chance must be attributed to the intervention. 4. An African American mother in her thirties, living in Boston with children ages six and fourteen. 5. A mother who attended a four-year college in Massachusetts. Personal communication. 6. The employment- and education-focused options were subsequently renamed labor-force attachment (LFA) and human capital development (HCD) respectively.

A. S. Bureau of the Census 2000. earn less than their male counterparts at each level of education, it is especially important that they have access to substantive educational opportunities. In summary, these data show that some post-secondary education is necessary if women are to achieve earnings of $12–$15 an hour. Even with these earnings, families in many parts of the country would likely still need subsidized housing, child care, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to reasonably support a family of three.

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