Pandemic sends US single mothers into poverty

Washington (AFP) – When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered restaurants in California, Aleida Ramirez lost her job as a waitress, plunging her — along with many other single mothers — into a vicious cycle of poverty, unpaid bills and reliance on food banks. The pandemic has been particularly hard on women who work in the service sector, which has been crippled by the economic crisis. And more than 12 million Americans who are unemployed or without income face losing their benefits the day after Christmas, when the aid package passed by Congress in the spring expires — barring a deal in high-…

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