Retirement & Social Security

Women are more likely to rely on Social Security because they have fewer alternative sources of income, often outlive their husbands, and are more likely to be left to rear children when their husbands die or become disabled. Moreover, due to the recession, many women have lost home equity and savings to failing markets, leaving them more economically vulnerable in retirement.

Accordingly, women’s organizations have been some of the most consistent, leading voices on Social Security for decades—and IWPR’s research on the economic security of women in retirement and the possible effects of Social Security changes on women has been at the forefront of discussions about women’s stake in Social Security since reform debates in the late-1990s. In addition, IWPR has worked on collaborative projects to educate women’s organizations and equip them with the knowledge and information to safeguard and strengthen the Social Security system, particularly on the issue of acknowledging the care work women (and men) do.

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