Written by Staff Writer, Annie Byler, CNN
In the course of only one year, the stress of climate change, the decline of health care, and gender inequality -- combined with the unprecedented political instability and the "rise of the presidency," reports the New York Times -- has reduced the US's position to lower than many other countries.
According to rankings of child wellbeing compiled by Save the Children , women are twice as likely to die giving birth, children are twice as likely to live in poverty, and school attendance has dropped. Child poverty has risen dramatically, with one in six children now living in poverty, including about one in three Hispanic children.
These issues will have a lasting impact on children, according to the report, as some of the social ills are ingrained by economics and exacerbated by the changing workplace.
The report found that more than 2.3 million American kids are homeless, that the highest percentage of children in poverty are African-American and Hispanic. Save the Children reports that in 2015, 9.1 million children aged 3 to 17 living in low-income families.
The report identifies current political and social instability as a crisis in many parts of the US, which makes economic stability and well-being even more critical.
When America's economic well-being and governmental institutions aren't strong, they begin to weaken.
"More than 40 years after the end of the war on poverty, our nation is home to some of the highest rates of child poverty in the industrialized world. This is a crisis that affects children, families, communities and our nation. "Economists and social scientists now know a great deal about how to reduce the problem, so the question is why we aren't doing it," said Christine Bader, the New York Times' editor-in-chief, in a statement.
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