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Women Bear the Brunt of Census Trends
May 16, 2001

Washington, D.C.-“Load up all the numbers and you get an incredibly brutal burden being carried by women,” said Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow, The Beverly LaHaye Institute, when referring to the Year 2000 Census Data released today.

Crouse, the author of a recently-released report, Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century, isolated three major points of the Census report:

First, more Americans are living alone. “Make that more women are living alone. More than 50 million women lived alone at the end of the twentieth century. One in five lived in poverty. More than one third of unmarried women with children under 18 lived in poverty. Contrast that with the one out of twenty married couples who live in poverty. Women who bought into the idea that marriage meant dependency are discovering that independence means having to shoulder all the responsibility single-handedly.”

Second, cohabitation is skyrocketing. “Cohabitation has increased 73% over the past decade in all age groups. That means these women are in a very precarious situation. These relationships are notoriously unstable with break-up being the norm. Increasingly, these unmarried couples have children (at least a third of the couples) and all too frequently the woman is left trying to rock the cradle and pay the rent.”

Third, single-parent families are increasing dramatically. “Families headed by a woman with no husband present grew nearly 3 times faster than married couples with children. And, while single-father households are up 62%, they usually live with another adult while the majority of single mothers are left trying to cope alone with no one to give them even a minute’s rest.”

Crouse continued, “Many of the women who were promised ‘free’ sex and rewarding careers without consequences for children are finding that they are paying an exorbitant price for both. The free sex has brought on a scourge of sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, cohabitation and disconnectedness. Others are finding their jobs to be an unbearable burden, and too often, the fast track is turning into a merciless, mind-numbing treadmill.”

Crouse concluded, “Barely half of American households consist of a married couple family. At what point does the institution of marriage cease to have enough critical mass to provide the foundational structure and stability necessary for social order? At what point does the tide of unrelatedness-fed by waves of unrestrained, excitement-addicted, narcissistic individualism-rise so high that it floods the societal levy being maintained by the responsible remnant who are grounded in the bonds of love and connectedness?”

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