Social Security benefits are especially important to women—and women’s average benefits are just $13,500 per year. The proposed cuts to Social Security are cuts that women and families cannot afford. Check out this this fact sheet to learn more key facts on the impact of Social Security on women and their families.
Invited testimony by Joan Entmacher explains that Social Security is the basis of retirement security for most Americans and should be protected and enhanced, not cut. The Social Security Administration needs adequate funding to ensure that Americans receive the benefits they have earned in full and on time.
This webinar provides tips on how and when to take Social Security, what benefits you are entitled to as the spouse, widow(ers) and divorced spouse of a worker, why Social Security is important to Latinos, and why it pays to wait to receive Social Security benefits.
Planning for retirement doesn’t have to be stressful. Over time, even saving small amounts every year can add up. Every little bit helps to supplement your Social Security benefits when you retire! For more information and resources, visit www.nwlc.org/retirement.
Nearly 28 million employees—almost one in five—work part time. Part-time employees are especially likely to be female and earn low wages. Millions of those in part-time jobs work part time not because they want to, but because they cannot get full-time work. Others have to work part time to accommodate school or family obligations. Part-time employees frequently make less per hour for the same work, lack access to important workplace benefits, are denied promotion opportunities, and are subject to abusive scheduling practices.
In the last four decades the educational levels and work experiences of women have increased dramatically. Women are over half of college graduates and nearly half the workforce. But although women have better credentials than ever before, they typically are paid less than men, are more likely than men to work in low-wage jobs, often lack the affordable and high-quality child care, health care—including reproductive health care—and other supports they need to work and care for their families, and are more likely to live in poverty. An economic agenda to address these and other barriers to women’s advancement is essential, not only for women and their families, but for the nation as a whole.
This report—Our Moment: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families—examines the factors that contribute to the economic insecurity of women and their families and highlights key components of a federal economic agenda that are both under consideration and achievable.