Some facts on poverty:
If the minimum wage had grown at
the same rate as CEO pay between 1990 and 1998, it would now be $22.08
instead of $5.15 an hour.
The richest fifth:
Consume 45% of all meat and fish, the
poorest fifth 5%.
Consume 58% of total energy, the poorest
fifth less than 4%.
Have 74% of all telephone lines, the
poorest fifth 1.5%.
Consume 84% of all paper, the poorest
Own 87% of the world’s vehicle fleet, the
poorest fifth less than 1%.
Hunger kills. Every day, 34,000 children under
five die of hunger or preventable diseases resulting from hunger.
100 million people are homeless
and 2.5 billion people have no access to proper sanitation.
A child living in a wealthy U.S.
family is on average, better off financially than the typical wealthy child
in any other country. At the same time, the average child in a low-income
U.S. family is worse off than the average poor child in 15 other
One out of every eight children
under the age of twelve in the U.S. goes to bed hungry every night.
One in five children (14.3
million) lived in poverty in 1991, the highest number since 1965. The
majority of poor children are white; most have a parent that works; and most
live outside large cities, in rural and suburban America(U.S. Bureau of the
The United States has the
highest proportion of single-parent families; nearly one child in four now
lives with one parent (Hobbs, F., & Lippman, L., 1990).
Early childhood experiences
contribute to poor children's high rate of school failure, dropout,
delinquency, early childbearing, and adult poverty (National Center for
Children in Poverty, 1990).
Being a woman increases one's
chances of being poor by 60 percent. some time in their lives.
"The combined wealth of the
world's 200 richest people hit $1 trillion in 1999; the combined incomes of
the 582 million people living in the 43 least developed countries is $146
A few hundred millionaires now
own as much wealth as the world's poorest 2.5 billion people.
"Today, across the world , 1.3
billion people live on less than one dollar a day; 3 billion live on under
two dollars a day; 1.3 billion have no access to clean water; 3 billion have
no access to sanitation; 2 billion have no access to electricity."