The official poverty rate in 2015 was 13.5 percent based on the U.S. Census Bureau's estimate. An estimated 43.2 million people living in poverty in the U.S. and, in 2014, 6.5% of the UK population were in persistent poverty, equivalent to approximately 3.9 million people.
While women are at a high percentage of people living in poverty both in the US and the UK, it seems the main contributor appears to be education related. Making education free to everyone to the level of acquiring a Batchelor Degree, I feel that we can drop the poverty rate under 8%. My goal is to work with Americans to find a way to bring the poverty rate to less than 1%.