Oct 17, 2008 posted by Linda BaschToday I posted an op-ed over on CNN.com, titled "What About Jane Plumber?"Here is how it begins:"The all-too-familiar talking points of the candidates reverberated through the air waves for a third and last time on Wednesday, but one key voting constituency was missing from the debate, namely, Jane Plumber, and, more specifically, Jane's retirement funds.
Oct 15, 2008 WHY WOMEN ARE POOR IN RETIREMENTBy Cindy Hounsell President of the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement As the candidates get ready for their debate tonight, there are a few things I would like to tell them. First, Social Security is intended to replace approximately 40 percent of an average earner’s wages, but many women rely on it as their primary or only source of retirement income. This is one of the major reasons why so many women are poor or near poor.
After watching the debate last Tuesday, I was absolutely struck by the absence of any discussion--or mention, really--of poverty in this time of economic crisis. I invite you to check out my post, "The Missing Debate on Poverty," at Huffington Post--and let me know what you think! Your comments, here or there, are always welcome.
Sept 29, 2008 posted by Linda Basch WELCOME! Welcome to The REAL DEAL, the National Council for Research on Women's new blog on issues that matter to women. As I write this first post in the heat of election season and during a time of unprecedented financial turmoil, my thoughts go out to all who are feeling unnerved and confused. I'm thinking of those who risk losing their jobs, or who are uncertain about their businesses and have rents to pay and families to support, and of those who don't quite know where to turn for help. This is a time when we hope for a leadership that can explain and clarify what's at stake, reassure us of a real commitment, and give us some clear steps for going forward. And we at the Council are watching with an eagle's eye.