Employing Civil Legal Aid in Closing the Wage Gap

Policies to change gender discrimination in pay matter. They won't be as effective though without strong enforcement. Civil legal aid provides just that.

Blog Post (NATIONAL)

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
August 11, 2015

Tags: Poverty, Women

Organizations mentioned/involved: Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC)


Out of all the household types in the U.S., single mothers with children are the most impoverished by a large margin, bringing in lower incomes than single fathers with children, or childless single individuals of either gender. Women with limited support networks, who are attempting to allocate limited time and limited funds among the demands of employment, childcare, and household and medical needs, are often one misfortune from economic disaster.

So it’s not at all surprising that civil legal aid organizations, which assist low-income individuals and families who are facing non-criminal legal issues like eviction, unfair employment practices, and barriers to critical social safety nets, report that a whopping 70 percent of their clients are women.