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What Do You Call Always Having a Date for New Year’s Eve?

Social security!!! I know, I know, you will be tempted to stop reading this post as soon as you realize I’m going to talk about retirement - AGAIN!.  But wait.  Maybe it feels too far away.  Maybe the problems you are solving today seem so much more important.  Maybe you are too maxed out with the here and now to even contemplate [...]

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Sexy, Sexy Social Security

Sexy, Sexy Social Security

There is nothing remotely chic or glamorous about being poor and elderly.  Yet women are far more likely than men to find themselves in that exact situation.  Women make less and live longer, so smaller resources  have to stretch to cover  longer years.  In many cases, if they’d clued in sooner, many women could have improved their [...]

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Deficit Reduction:  Women Will Suffer More

Deficit Reduction: Women Will Suffer More

Christmas trees are popping up around the Capitol, in front of the White House, and in the foyer of every K Street lobby shop.  While snowmen and Santa are everywhere, the talk is anything but festive and joyful – for the moment, the term on everyone’s lips is “shared sacrifice”.  As in, budget cuts will touch one [...]

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Raising the Retirement Age Is Cutting Benefits by the Back Door

Everybody in Washington is obsessed with the deficit. It’s a serious issue with far reaching implications, to be sure. One of the ideas being batted about is that raising the retirement age will save on “entitlement costs” and decrease our national debts in an equitable and acceptable way. Many feminist economists, social scientists, and women’s [...]

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Today’s Mothers are Tomorrow’s Older Women

Today we are mothers; tomorrow we will be older women. It’s inevitable. My colleague, Ashley Carson, fights the good fight against economic discrimination against mothers and other caregivers at the Older Women’s League. Her essay on congressional shenanigans with a “fast track commission”, bringing their ax down on our future social security benefits in the [...]

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Sister, Can You Spare a Dime? Women & Unemployment Insurance

Like peeling away the layers of an onion, the recession has a way of peeling away the protective layers we put up to buffer ourselves from the bumps and jolts of hard times. When our defenses are gone, it’s easy to see who the most vulnerable people are. Right now in this country, the most [...]

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It’s Not Sexy – It’s Social Security!

Few women get excited about Social Security, the most successful and efficient effort undertaken by the federal government. I know, I know, I’ve heard all the excuses – all those numbers, it’s something retirees worry about, and anyway, it probably won’t even be there when we get old. Wrong, wrong, and wrong again. If you [...]

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