Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico

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This report is part of our multi-part 2014 Citizen’s Guide to the Issues and ALEC in New Mexico.   Learn more about the report or jump to other sections with the links below.

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Guide to the Issues: Status of Women in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: Minimum Wage & Income Inequality
Guide to the Issues: Driver’s License Policy
Guide to the Issues: ALEC IN NEW MEXICO
Guide to the Issues: ALEC-member corporate lobbyists in New Mexico
Guide to the Issues: ALEC Dollars in the Roundhouse

New Mexico women are more likely than men to earn less, live in poverty, and raise families on their own (with less money!)

INCOME

  • Single women who are the head of their household make, on average, $10,437 less than their male counterparts in New Mexico. In 2010, a single female householder with a family has a median yearly income of $25,832. A single male householder with a family has a median yearly income of $36,269. (2011: $26,140/$35,908; 2012: $26,460/$37,042)
  •  In 2012, single women were leading more than 1-in-5 (22.1%) New Mexico families
    • That’s up from 20.5% in 2010,a big increase in just two years.
    • The number of families headed by a single mother has risen from 13.4% to 14.5% in only two years.

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  • 37.4% of single female-headed families live in poverty. That’s up from 35% in 2010.
  •  Roughly half (48.8%) of single female heads of household living in poverty have children under 5. That’s up from 46% two years ago.
  • In 2010, there were 30,593 more women livingbelow the poverty line than men.

HEALTH CARE

  • In 2012, 177,567 women did not have any kind of health insurance.

Sources: US Census, Factfinder. 2010, 2012, NMLEGIS.gov

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