S. Carolina study shows 1 in 7 women living in poverty

A new study on the economic status of South Carolina women shows one in seven lives in poverty, including almost a third of the state’s black women.

The study from the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Columbia College cites lagging education as a major cause of South Carolina women’s disadvantage, and asserts “barriers to their economic equality remain embedded in the state’s social and economic fabric.”

South Carolina ranks in the bottom 15 states for women’s educational attainment, at 37th, the report states, with black women earning college degrees at half the rate of white women. While 25.5 percent of white women hold at least a four-year college degree, just 12.7 percent of black women have such a degree, the report states.

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