The Center for Women’s Welfare Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the income working families need to meet a minimum yet adequate level, taking into account family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs. The Standard is an affordability and living wage economic security measure that provides an alternative to the official poverty measure.
The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington DC 2005
September 2005 | Diana Pearce
The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington DC 1999
Fall 1999 | Diana Pearce
Data & Tools
Wider Opportunities for Women
The Self-Sufficiency Standard was originally developed for Wider Opportunities for Women as part of the State Organizing Project for Family Economic Self-Sufficiency (FESS) by Dr. Diana Pearce, who was at that time Director of the Women and Poverty Project.
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All Self-Sufficiency Standard data that has been produced by the Center for Women’s Welfare is publicly available. When using the data, please credit the Self-Sufficiency Standard at the Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington.
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The Standard in Use - Washington DC
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