Due to harsh eligibility rules for safety net programs, women who are working to move out of poverty can find themselves losing assistance once they begin to see modest increases in earnings, choose to pursue postsecondary education, or fail to meet difficult reporting requirements. This cut off, commonly known as the “Cliff Effect,” sets women back on the path out of poverty.
In the midst of COVID, women have been impacted significantly with loss of wages/jobs, being forced to leave the workforce due to unpredictable student schedules, lack of childcare, and meeting basic needs for themselves and their families.
Building and growing the wealth of women should be a top concern for Georgia lawmakers. Women are a majority of Georgia’s adult population and are the primary or co-breadwinners in more than half of Georgia households with children. Women help shoulder the weight of well-being for Georgia’s families, businesses and economy.
Join us on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 for our monthly, virtual chapter meeting on the cliff effect! We'll have a panel of experts to explain the phenomenon, answer your questions, and provide us with possible solutions.