Economic Development & Security

With women in the US living longer and postponing retirement, whether out of necessity or by choice, many face economic hardship and discrimination. Although illegal in theory, older women may, in practice, be excluded from job or promotional opportunities based on misconceptions about their abilities or customer preferences for youth. Dual discrimination on the job is evidenced by older women being denied access to training programs and being channeled into positions without upward mobility. Retirement benefits are being further eroded by a weakening of organized labor, economic restructuring and budget cutbacks.

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  • NCRW Policy Brief: Economic Security
    To overcome economic hardship, women need opportunities to learn new skills and earn fair wages in...

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 July 27, 2009 posted by Deborah Siegel*Last weekend, my partner Marco and I took a childbirth class at the Manhattan hospital where I’ll...
November 6, 2009 posted by Vivienne Heston-Demirel
October 24, 2008 posted by Linda Basch  
Oct 17, 2008 posted by Linda Basch Today I posted an op-ed over on, titled "What About Jane Plumber?" Here is how it...
Oct 15, 2008 WHY WOMEN ARE POOR IN RETIREMENT By Cindy Hounsell President of the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement As the...


  • February 3, 2012

     According to Bill Losey, a certified retirement coach and author of Retire in a Weekend, there are a handful of factors pushing women to the edge about retirement planning.

  • January 18, 2012

     Policy institutions, like the Institute for Women's Policy Research need to start asking the right questions--questions that go to the economic value of working longer.

  • January 6, 2012

    LearnVest, a personal finance website tailored to women, published the results of a survey it commissioned of over 600 women, conducted by business consultancy Maddock Douglas. The results showed that the majority of participants are uncertain about...

  • January 4, 2012

     There was a time when investment clubs were all the rage. Financially minded people -- amateurs and pros -- would gather over wine and snacks, book-club style, to research stocks and discuss which companies looked like the best investments....

  • January 1, 2012

     The first generation of highly paid professional women is about to enter retirement—and their path could serve as a model for others