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policy should start at homeAs it stands, only about one-third of all households adhere to the "ideal" family structure (two parents with children) on which policies are typically based.About a quarter of all households are either single-parent or single-person.Single-parent households -- more than three-quarters of which are headed by single mothers -- are, on average, twice as likely as dual-parent households to be living in poverty.But even in dual-parent and higher-income households, women face significant challenges in juggling paid work and unpaid care work. Whereas the presence of young children in the household decreases women's employment rates, it increases that of men.The share of women earning an independent income is inversely correlated to the share of households in poverty.By designing a policy package around the needs of contemporary families, political leaders can promote women's rights, children's development and employment.
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