Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.
In America, more than half of the people in poverty are women, and women of color are far more likely to be in poverty than white women.
There are a lot of reasons for poverty—more than can be gone into here—but employment is a key factor. The gender wage gap plays a large role, as does the fact that traditional employment for women tends to be lower valued and, therefore, underpaid compared to traditionally male occupations. As well, with women often holding the role of caregiver for children or relatives, women tend to require flexible jobs/hours, which often means part time work. They also incur the majority of the cost of child rearing.
The Global Poverty Project has an international approach to poverty that has a special focus on women.