Self-Sufficiency Standard


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.


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The Wyoming Women’s Foundation makes grants, spearheads initiatives and invests in the economic self-sufficiency of women and opportunities for girls in Wyoming. Read more.

WYWF uses the Standard to develop a calculator that can evaluate program effectiveness, inform policy, and create programs and pathways that lead to self-sufficiency for working families.

How to cite

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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