Single Parents in a Gendered Triple Bind

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Single Parents in a Gendered Triple Bind
Social Europe

International Women’s Day (March 8) is the time when we celebrate and advance the rights of women and girls across the globe. A time to remind ourselves too of single parents and how they independently care for their children. And discuss the ways in which we can best support them. The large majority of single-parent families are headed by mothers and these mothers in particular face penalties. Penalties that take many forms: single parents and their children face greater risks of poverty, poor health, and impaired wellbeing.

In a recent edited book, The Triple Bind of Single-Parent Families (available here for free), we argue that single parents face a triple bind: the combination of inadequate resources, employment, and policies that negatively affect their wellbeing and that of their children. Each of these aspects is strongly gendered.