The Experiences

The Experiences of Low-Income Single Mothers

Student’s name


The Experiences of Low-Income Single Mothers is an important discussion topic. It represents an issue that affects many people around the globe. For many years, the issue of poverty was not addressed on an international level. Despite the progress made, more needs to be done to eradicate this problem. Low-income single mothers are at a higher risk for developing depression and anxiety. They also experience higher levels of discrimination and anger from others than their counterparts with a partner. However, these negative experiences can be reduced or even eliminated with appropriate economic status. This article examines how poverty affects single motherhood and provides conclusions that may improve wellbeing for low-income single mothers experiencing hardship around the world who are raising children independently. This article will outline how low-income mothers are sexually fetishized, the role of media in relation to the experiences of low-income single mothers in the United States, and the correlation between feminism and single mothers.

Intersectionality refers to a sociological theory that describes various challenges to a person’s identity when it overlaps with multiple minority classes, such as gender, race, ethnicity, health, age, and other traits. It is significant because institutions (both private and public) individuals and places may fail to account for ethnic and cultural distinctions, resulting in policy and legal procedures stacked against those who identify as members of several minority groups. It expands on social justice. It does not provide justice to one group over another, but rather how one might be privileged, oppressed, or dependent on their hierarchy within these many identities. My issue, I think, exemplifies the intersectional viewpoint of gender.

In relation to intersectionality, it is vital to examine the experiences of single mothers who earn a low income. From my experience, low-income single mothers are greatly affected by poverty. Various stresses such as dispossession, fuel and food deprivation, restricted social opportunities and debt. What type of social services are available to low-income single mothers? (e.g. Canada financial assistance, housing, pension plans, etc.) Low-income single mothers in Canada have to access a variety of social services to support themselves and their families regarding housing, employment and health care. Both provincial and federal governments provide these social services throughout the country to help low-income singles and provide them with a wide range of resources that they may need. As discussed by Seidelmann, a low-income marriage is more challenging to maintain than a low-income single-parent family. In the province of Alberta, Canada, where I live, the average single mother earns just under $35,000 per year. To provide for her kids and have a decent lifestyle, she would need at least two full-time jobs paying minimum wage ($15/hour). This is entirely unrealistic. Low-income single-parent families are affected by poverty. Immigrants challenge society’s view of race and gender roles. For example, immigrants from China are often viewed as solely responsible for providing food and shelter for their relatives.

A person’s assigned rank determines privilege. It denotes power, domination, riches, and prizes, and as a result, it also depicts tyranny. People assigned to the dominant class are naïve to oppression because they fail to see that their experiences are not universal. It’s a myopic view that leads to misunderstanding about privilege. My research about the experiences of low-income single mothers will challenge the perspective of the privileged class. I will assess the experiences of single mothers assigned to the lower class and compare them with their familyists. By their very nature, these women do not fit in the dominant class and so experience the consequence of oppression (Cofer, 1995). This is the case because they are a minority in a small world where norms are viewed as others uphold desirable standards. Oppression is an outcome of such extreme circumstances. The experience of oppression differs from person to person by the various factors that contribute to creating a dynamic where oppressive systems emerge; however, it can be said that oppression is commonly experienced in both contexts and gender.

I chose this topic because I believe it is vital to making various strategies critical for improving the lives of single mothers around the globe. The insights that I will share are from the perspective of a low-income single mother who has been through it all. Being on the other side of society’s conception of a typical life, I’ve learned to be tenacious and resilient. The main themes in my reading that illustrate intersectionality are the barriers single mothers face in society the effects of poverty on single mothers. These stereotypes make it difficult for single mothers to escape poverty, the negative implications of policies on single mothers, and how culture and class can restrict opportunities for success.


Cofer, J. O. (1995). The myth of the Latin woman: I just met a girl named Maria. na.