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Women hit harder than men by retirement

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Both men and women are facing a retirement crisis, but it disproportionately affects women, according to the Pension Rights Center. The retirement income deficit is $6.6 trillion, which is the gap between what people have currently saved and what they will need to retire comfortably. Women continue to be hit the hardest, even though more women are working than ever before.

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Your retirement-planning time table [SLIDESHOW]

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It pays to consider the details early—even 15 years ahead

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March: Women's History Month -- and the Winter of Our Retirement Discontent

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I typically associate the month of March with the taming of the winter just about now, when spring flowers begin to sprout, and we look forward to new beginnings. However, the month is also “Women’s History Month” – a time to celebrate women’s accomplishments in this country so that can appreciate and understand where women have made progress – and where we continue to lag, even in 2014.

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Karen Friedman appears on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show [VIDEO]

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PRC Executive Vice President and Policy Director Karen Friedman was a panelist on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss pensions and the retirement income crisis.

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"I am not Margaret Mead" [VIDEO]

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Karen Friedman appears in this video about women and retirement that the Service Employees International Union created for Women's History Month.

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Harkin's universal retirement plan called a good start despite some hurdles

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An ambitious idea for a universal retirement program introduced Jan. 30 by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is being welcomed for advancing a national debate on ways to improve retirement security, but it faces an uphill climb in Congress.

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PRC on the Detroit Bankruptcy: Allowing Cuts to Retirees’ Pensions is “Unprecedented and Unconscionable”

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The Pension Rights Center released a statement reacting to Judge Steven Rhodes’ decision to permit the city of Detroit to reduce pensions by entering Chapter 9 bankruptcy:

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What to do if your pension is frozen

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If you are among the few who still have a traditional defined-benefit pension plan we wish you luck. In the coming months your employer—as part of an effort to “de-risk” the plan—is likely going to offer you a lump-sum payout, an annuity, or freeze the plan.

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401(k)s are a sham

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Duped by a DIY retirement dream, the elderly now face staggeringly low living standards

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Do no harm: Protecting retirees in shaky pension plans

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We've all heard the physician's Hippocratic oath: "First, do no harm." But there's a similar, less-well-known principle in the world of pensions: First, do no harm to retirees.

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