Why Privatizing Social Security Would Hurt Women

Catherine Hill

March 14, 2000
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Social Security reform is a women’s issue. Women make up 60 percent of Social Security beneficiaries, and they depend more
heavily on Social Security than men do for their income in retirement. Half of the women aged 65 and older would be poor if
not for Social Security. For 25 percent of elderly women who live alone, Social Security is their only source of income. (For an
explanation of the benefits for women under the current Social Security system, see Table 1.)