"Closing the wage gap between men and women would cut the poverty rate in 1/2 for working women and their families." [follow this link to find a short clip and discussion on the gender wage gap: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/post/2012/07/do-men-really-earn-more-than-women.html] Source: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink (Read more here: http://shriverreport.org/special-report/a-womans-nation-pushes-back-from-the-brink/)
Low wages are, not surprisingly, the biggest problem. About 66 percent of the working poor fell below the poverty line at least in part because of low earnings. Republicans have repeatedly voted down increasing the minimum wage while complaining of welfare costs. Republicans are owned by corporate America.
And yet the working poor keep getting told to pick themselves up and make something of themselves. They are already trying as hard as they can in an economy of low wage jobs. Just look at the want ads in your communities.