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Women's Pension Project

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The Pension Rights Center’s Women’s Pension Project focuses on preventing poverty among older women by eliminating inequities in the nation’s pension programs that uniquely affect working women, widows, and divorced women.   

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2015 Gender Gap in Financial Wellness

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This study quantifies the gender gap in retirement preparedness and money management between men and women, both of which have significant implications to employers and the economy as a whole.

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Women and the Retirement Gap

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The report details how women often struggle with financial hardship in retirement more than men, and among women 65 and older, the poverty rate is nearly double that of men in the same age group.

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Pension cuts helped keep the government open, but they hurt many retired women

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On Nov. 14, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. reported that 200 of the 1,400 multi-employer plans covering 1 million participants are at risk of failing within the next decade. The PBGC is worried about this because it becomes responsible for the pension obligations of these failed plans.

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Betting on Getting to 80: Draw $40,000 a Year Forever, If You Don't Die First

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Sharon Carson admits she just did something strange. At 49, she wrote a check to an insurance company for a product that won’t give her any financial benefit until she's in her 80s.

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Keep an Eye on Finances During a Divorce

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Divorce at any age will send tremors through your finances. But when it comes later in life, it's sure to upend even the best-laid financial plans.

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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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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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