Tracking a 'zombie' stat: PunditFact dissects an inaccurate statistic on women and poverty
By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.
Our partners at PunditFact were intrigued by this claim made by Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, on ABC’s Sunday show This Week: "70 percent of the people living in abject poverty are women."
The problem: That statistic isn't accurate.
So where did it come from, and why does it keep getting repeated? Read a special report from PunditFact to find out. The video report at right gives you highlights of PunditFact's findings
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Researchers: Angie Drobnic Holan
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