“Within every age group, Texas women have a higher poverty rate than their male counterparts,” noted Western Rim’s Marcus Hiles of Dallas. Data indicates that, while women head the household in only 20 percent of Texas homes, 51 percent of the state’s poverty-stricken families are led by women. “The three poorest metropolitan areas in the U.S. are located in Texas,” he said. Hiles understands the burden placed on society when women don’t have the means to support their families. There are increased chances of having babies with low birth weights, raising the likelihood of developmental disabilities. Babies born into poverty don’t receive the same education as those from wealthier households, thus are less likely to have steady employment in their adulthood.