Poverty levels high for Florida women

Brenda Tate, Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Founder

“The Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty & Opportunity report,” released this month, found that more women in Florida live in poverty today than in 2004. In fact, our state ranks in the bottom third of all states of women living in poverty.

The state of Florida’s poverty rates among black women (25.2 percent), Native American women (21.4 percent), and Hispanic women (21.2 percent) are around twice as high as Asian/Pacific islander women (12.6 percent) and white women (11.9 percent). This new county-level analysis also finds Florida women have lower educational attainment and lower access to health insurance coverage than most other women in the United States.

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