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By Harriet M. In the mids, after the Indochina Wars, a shortage of men meant that many single women in Vietnam found themselves without suitable marital prospects. Xin con appeared to be a radical departure from traditional Vietnamese kinship values and practices, which were based in Confucian patriarchal and patrilineal reproductive interests.


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May 17, Photo: Matt M. Jennifer Phipps thinks a lot about Alice, the title character of the s television show. The boy on TV, frozen in time, is close in age to hers.

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Her son dips in and out of her work, untethered from grownup oversight or child care. Phipps, a research coordinator at the University of Washington, is considering moving in with other single mothers to save on rent.

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Leaving her boy to pinball on his own is not an option. Of all earners, women with children and no partner continue to earn the least. And, as other family types see gains, income for single moms has flatlined since This comes as King County home values have nearly doubled since Rents are up more than 70 percent.

Child care, car tabs, gasoline, food prices: everything is more expensive. As a result, for Phipps and others, asking if single mothers can survive in Seattle or broader King County is not hyperbole.

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I'm just kinda stuck here. She has managed to stay in Seattle by sleeping in the same bed as her daughter in a small University District apartment.

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Pico has considered leaving the city. But, though Bothell or Renton were once cheaper options, what she could save by moving no longer pencils out after ing for the commute.

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For Phipps, Pico and other single mothers, hearing that their stagnant pay was the norm more than the exception was surprising. They assumed it was just them. But Director Patty Hayes sees the information as a useful tool in building a healthier community. The statistics were pulled from the U.

Census Bureau and organized through a public-private partnership with local governments, the United Way and the Seattle Foundation. The resulting information, presented on a slick website, is called Communities Count.


Families led by single mothers have always been the poorest. But the gap between them and other family structures is growing in King County. But the trend for all others — including single d — does not dip. Where the median income of married couples in King County outpaces the nationalfor single mothers, it is right in line.

Black and Latina women fare the worst. Latina mothers also saw a decline, although their overall s remain much higher: In50 percent earned poverty wages; bythat was down to 44 percent.

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Black mothers, meanwhile, saw an increase in that same time period, from 40 to 47 percent living in poverty. Nadine Chan, assistant chief at Public Health. Like Phipps and Pico, Briana Bell thought her stagnant pay was unique to her.

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An HR professional by trade, she moved with her two children from Dallas to Seattle in Shortly after her transfer, Bell requested more flexibility from her work to parent her children. So she left to find a job that could give her the latitude she needed to care for her teenager and younger daughter.

Bell now works part time as an executive assistant in Shoreline and collects unemployment.

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She lost her health insurance. Public Health has conducted qualitative surveys of mothers, but broad conclusions are elusive.

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Still, there are some guesses. You don't want to put your income and wellbeing at risk.

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Every inflexible hour represents a choice: Forfeit that time, along with the pay and possibilities for advancement, or pay for child care. A fluid schedule is so valuable that Bell took a pay cut to find it. Even when a single mother can find a job with a fluid schedule, that need for flexibility gets in the way of moving up.

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Seattle is also growing a subsidized pre-school program. In her first year-and-a-half, Eva bounced between three care centers.

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At one, Pico heard Eva was parked in front of a television all day. David Kroman is a staff reporter at Crosscut focused on local politics. Find him on Twitter at KromanDavid or at david. Mainstream art has long prioritized northern Native art from British Columbia and southeast Alaska over local art traditions.

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But things are changing. Share Facebook Twitter Print. Incomes for single mother-led households are flat or falling as other families see gains. David Kroman David Kroman is a staff reporter at Crosscut focused on local politics.

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