This Day in Jewish History / The Woman Who Defined 'Poor' Is Born

Mollie Orshansky, a statistician and economist, built a model for measuring poverty adopted by the U.S. government in the mid-1960s, and still used today.

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January 9, 1915, is the birthday Mollie Orshansky, a statistician and economist who, although she was shunted into “women’s work,” nevertheless built a model for measuring poverty that was adopted by the U.S....