Recent studies show that women are still having a rough time in the working world. Women in Illinois and elsewhere who go through a divorce, especially those who are mothers, face low wages and discrimination in the workplace. This is despite the fact that households in this country are increasingly dependent on the income working women bring in.
In Illinois, more than one third of single mothers live in poverty. Research suggests that, although the economic recession is partially to blame, many mothers who have legal custody of their children are receiving little or no child support from the children's fathers.
According to Pentagon statistics, about 220,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have faced the challenges of warfare, terrorist attacks, weather and terrain alongside their male counterparts. These women trained and learned to expect and to accept the unexpected during their tours of duty. Personal sacrifice is common, but it's hard to imagine that women prepared to sacrifice their marriages.