The Standard's Origins

"The Standard grew out of my early work on 'the feminization of poverty'– that is that women are disproportionately bearing the burden of poverty...with welfare reform pushing some women into the workforce without sufficient training and education, I was asked by women’s advocates to devise a 'performance' measure that was specific to individuals. Since many of the women (but few men) were single parents, this measure would then make clear that they needed enough to support a family, not just a single person."

-Dr. Diana Pearce