Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Tracking a 'zombie' stat: PunditFact dissects an inaccurate statistic on women and poverty

The claim that 70 percent of the world’s poor are women is wrong. And yet, PunditFact finds, it’s everywhere — repeated by Carly Fiorina, Jack Lew, Hillary Clinton and sites across the Web.

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