“Made Visible”

Poverty in America officially has a new face: women. More than half of the 46.2 million Americans living in poverty are women, and 29% of adult women are more likely to be poor than adult men. From 2009 to 2010, more than 1 million additional children also fell into poverty, and the numbers continue to rise.

In March 2012, Tavis convened a diverse all-woman panel of thought leaders, opinion makers and influencers to examine the growing numbers of women and children falling into poverty.

The nationally televised discussion, “Made Visible: Women, Children & Poverty in America,” aired three nights on PBS, March 28 through March 30.

Panelists discussed the financial, social and economic disparities women face and how solutions to these issues must be a public policy priority during this election season. Additionally, the panelists made recommendations for national action to move women and children out of poverty.

Panelists included:

Nely Galán, Founder, The Adelante Movement
Dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, Galán is a first generation immigrant, a self-made media mogul and the first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She’s an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English.


Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist and Bennett College president
As the 15th President of Bennett College for Women, America’s oldest historically Black college for women, Dr. Malveaux has been the architect of exciting and innovative transformation. She’s a labor economist, noted author and colorful commentator, and her popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education and Essence magazine.


Suze Orman, America’s leading authority on personal finance
The personal finance expert, motivational speaker and nine-time best-selling author is a contributing editor to Oprah’s O magazine and the host of CNBC’s Suze Orman Show. The two-time Emmy winner, who changed the landscape of money management by drawing a connection between money and emotions, recently launched “The Approved Card by Suze Orman.”


Hilda Solis, 25th U.S. Secretary of Labor
Secretary Solis was confirmed as United States Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009. Prior to that post, she represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001–2009.



Cecilia FireThunder, former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe
FireThunder is a nurse, tribal community health advocate and former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe — the first woman elected to the position. She’s a well-known speaker, facilitator and trainer and is recognized internationally for her traditional doll-making.


Faye Wattleton, former national president of Planned Parenthood
Wattleton is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal in New York. Prior to joining A&M, she served as co-founder and president of the Center for the Advancement of Women. From 1978 to 1992, Wattleton was president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).



Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers, paraprofessionals, school-related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, nurses, local, state and federal employees and early childhood educators. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president.


Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer
WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer, and best-selling author, who co-authored Half the Sky with New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristoff.



“Made Visible” Panel Discussion

Watch Part 1 of the panel discussion as well as Parts 2 and 3 below. Also be sure to check out related content and join the discussion.

Part 2
In the second of a three-part discussion, some of the most prominent females in the U.S. addressed issues around women, children and poverty in America.



Part 3
On the third and final night of a compelling discussion, the panelists’ conversation included recommendations for national action to move women and children out of poverty.

Inside This Feature

  • The panelists discussed the financial, social and economic disparities women face and how solutions to these issues should be public policy during the election season.
    "We're here for a simple reason. Women and children, as you well know...are falling faster into poverty than any group of Americans," said Tavis. "It is also the case that, the younger you are in this country, the more likely you are to be poor."


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