Broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley is on a crusade to fight poverty.

The statistics are startling: In 2010, 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty. That’s an increase of 27% since 2006, and more than half are women.

This weekend, Smiley is hosting a discussion titled “Made Visible: Women, Children & Poverty in America” at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The show will be televised on “Tavis Smiley” on PBS starting March 28th and on C-SPAN in April.

It’s aimed at discussing financial, social and economic disparities that women face. The discussion is also expected to make recommendations for what can be done to get women and children out of poverty.

“The worst thing you can do for poor people is to render them invisible,” Smiley says on “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.” “There’s a bi-partisan consensus that poverty doesn’t matter…that the poor don’t count.”

“Something has to be done on that,” Smiley adds.

See clips from Soledad’s interview with Smiley below.

Smiley: U.S. needs poverty manifesto

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Smiley: U.S. needs poverty manifesto

Smiley on consequences of poverty in U.S.

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Smiley on consequences of poverty in U.S.