Single Fathers Disadvantages

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In the hierarchy of gender, men have always dominated women. Their advantages in the workforce is often greater than women despite education level, hours, and career. More specifically, in the words of a University of Illinois assistant professor of families studies, Karen Karmer, “Single mothers earn about two-thirds of what a single father would make” (College of ACES). As single fathers do make more than single mothers, this puts single mother in a position where raising a child alone is difficult because they have to cover the cost of child care, food, shelter, clothing, etc. Furthermore, the cost of child care, food, shelter, clothing, etc. is not cheap. According to the University of Akron, “On average, a poor mother spends 32 percent …show more content…
This means that men will less likely be unemployed. For women, however, if they lose their job, it is often difficult for her to find employment as society see women as less qualified than men. In fact, according to, “Today 1 in 4 children under the age of 18 - a total of about 17.4 million - are being raised without a father and nearly half (45%) live below the poverty line. For those living with father only, about 21% live in poverty” (Dawn). From these percentage of single mother and single father household living below poverty line, the difference of 24% is significant because it illustrates that children with single parent will struggle to be financially stable if they live with their single mother.
In many cases, this forces single mother than single father to turn to government assistance because they are behind the poverty line that they are unable to support their kids alone. These government assistance gives some single mother families an uplift. For example, the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children was designed specifically for pregnant mothers to be able to have food for themselves and their child so that they could be in good health. Another program similar to that is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families that gives low income families the benefit of cash

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