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Retirement Security: Women Still Face Challenges

Date Published: 
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Government Accountability Office (July 2012)

GAO was asked to examine (1) how women’s access to and participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans compare to men’s and how they have changed over time, (2) how women’s retirement income compares to men’s and how the composition of their income—the proportion of income coming from different sources—changed with economic conditions and trends in pension design, (3) how later-in-life events affect women’s retirement income security, and (4) what policy options are available to help increase women’s retirement income security.