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Report Ranks IN 18th for Working Mom-Headed Low-Income Homes

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): A new report finds that there are now 4.1 million low-income families headed by working mothers, with more than 91,000 of those in Indiana, ranking our state number 18 in the nation. The report, released by the Working Poor Families Project, found that 38 percent of women heading low-income families in Indiana have no post-secondary education and that many factors keeping working moms in poverty can be addressed at the state level. Leaders with the Indiana Institute for Working Families have ideas to get families out of poverty such as by improving access to and success within college education by giving need-based financial aid to part-time students as well as providing affordable child care. They also suggested raising minimum wage and making sure all workers have paid sick leave and paid family leave.

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