The Economics of Literacy for Women
- 75% of female heads of households with less than a high school diploma are living in poverty.
- Young women with below poverty incomes are 5 1/2 times more likely to become teen parents.
- early 40% of female single parents and 35% of displaced homemakers have an eighth grade
education or less.
- In 1986, the median annual income of females with less than an eighth grade education was
$10,153. For males, it was $14,485.
- Literacy levels of children are strongly linked to their parents' levels.
- The greatest predictor of a child's future academic success is the literacy level of the child's
- In 1990, over 67.3% of working women without a high school education earned less than
$12,499 per year.
- One in eight women workers has less than a high school education, including 50% of single
mothers, 56% of displaced homemakers, 33% of Hispanic women, and 20% of African-
- People with less than a high school education will be able to fill only 14% of the jobs of the
The preceding statistics show the relationship between economic factors and literacy levels.
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ERIC Digest No. 92, Women, Work, and Literacy. EDO-CE-89-92.
National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Educational Statistics, 1992. U.S.
Department of Education; Office of Educational Research and Improvement.