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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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"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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Spouses deserve an equal voice in retirement decisions

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Preparing for retirement is a bit like competing in a marathon. It’s long and hard, and it requires a steady pace. It also requires information about the course ahead.

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Free legal assistance for problems collecting pension benefits

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Q: My husband passed away earlier this year. When I applied for his pension survivor’s benefit I was informed I was not eligible. He was out on disability when he was forced into retirement and never officially signed paperwork regarding his pension. By default he was receiving a higher monthly payout which automatically did not leave a benefit for the surviving spouse.

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State Retirement System Rules on “Spousal Consent”

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Does your husband or wife work in a job covered by a state retirement system? If so, it is important for you to know if you have a say in whether you will receive a pension if you outlive your spouse.

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Marriage equality and retirement equality

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Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the first of two cases that may change the retirement landscape for millions of Americans: Hollingsworth v. Perry (the second case, U.S. v Windsor, will be heard on Wednesday). What do these cases, both dealing with same-sex marriage, have to do with retirement security, you wonder?

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2,100 Ohioans owed $15.22M in unclaimed benefits

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The government agency that insures private-sector pension plans has millions of dollars in unclaimed benefits that belong to more than 2,000 current or former Ohioans.

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4 crusaders fighting for seniors' financial rights

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These Money heroes are fighting for the financial security and success of seniors.

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Questions Answered About Pension Plans

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Readers recently submitted questions about pension plans to Mary Williams Walsh, a business reporter for The New York Times who has written about how companies manage their pension plans; what happens when companies go bankrupt; public workers’ pensions and how they may affect state and local finances; and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.

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