Unequal Burdens: National Women’s Law Center Highlights the Lingering Struggles of Women of Color, Disabled Women, and LGBT Adults Amid Economic Recovery

Date Published: 
February 13th, 2024

In the wake of the pandemic, the economic recovery in the United States has been far from uniform, with women of color, disabled women, and LGBT adults facing disproportionate challenges. In a factsheet published by the National Women’s Law Center, authors highlight that the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey reveals the harsh realities persisting well into 2023. Black, non-Hispanic women, Latinas, disabled women of color, and LGBT adults continue to grapple with issues of food and housing insecurity, emphasizing the urgent need for targeted support.

The survey highlights alarming disparities, indicating that these marginalized groups are more likely to lack sufficient food and fall behind on rent and mortgage payments. Particularly concerning is the revelation that disabled women of color and LGBT adults of color face a heightened risk of food insufficiency, with profound implications for their health and well-being. As the nation grapples with rising poverty rates, authors warn that it is crucial to address these inequities and implement targeted interventions to ensure a more equitable recovery for all. 


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