Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?
Earlier this week, libertarian author Charles Murray argued that marriage is the cornerstone of any successful society. New census data suggests that he might be onto something. In 2011, families headed by single mothers were four times more likely than married-couple families to be poor.
Newly released census figures show a longstanding and glaring contrast: A third of families headed by single mothers are in poverty, and they are four times more likely than married-couple families to be poor. The disparity is on the rise, and as the number of single mothers grows, analysts are debating if more marriages could mean less poverty.