We all like to believe that we have gender equality in America, but when we actually look at the facts, we realize that it just isn’t so. Women do not make as much money as men in the workforce. As a matter of fact, a white woman makes 77% of what a man does, African American women make even less, around 63%, and Hispanic women, a shockingly low 54%. Did you know that a women who is working full time with a bachelors degree is still making 14% less than a man with the same job? With these statistics, we hardly need to wonder why there are more women living in poverty than men. But wait, there’s more! When women become pregnant, a lot of things change for them. They will not have the same job opportunities, and if it happens during the time of an education, often times women will have to set their education aside to care for the baby. This is particularly worse for single mothers. Out of every ten parents that have full custody of their child, eight of them are women. Those women are twice as likely to be living in poverty as a father with custody would. It would only make sense that a women would have a hard time taking care of a baby with 77%-54% of the money a man would make, if she is lucky. But often times the jobs women have to choose from are referred to as “pink collar” jobs. Examples of these are waitressing, child care, and cleaning. Studies show that almost half of working women in the US work in only 20 different occupations, all of which make less than 30,000 a year. Yet, these still aren’t the only reasons women are pushed to live in poverty. In a survey taken by the U.S. conference of mayors, half of cities identified domestic abuse as a leading cause of homelessness in women. Collectively, women affected by domestic violence have lost up to 8 million days of work due to abuse. Discrimination is alive in the workforce when it comes to gender and race. We have not achieved equality yet, and there are more steps that need to be taken in the direction of equality. Starting with equal pay of all genders and races.