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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  • December 18, 2011

     A number of studies have shown that women overall tend to be less confident about their retirement than men, and a study released by Wells Fargo shows that this holds true even for wealthy women.

  • November 15, 2011
    There was a moment in time when women could live their lives serially -- have their children during the 1950s and 60s, when not much more than that was expected of them; launch those children by the 70s and 80s, when doors were newly opened to women...

  • November 14, 2011

    Economist Nancy Folbre asks, "Do poor people represent the bottom 16 percent of the population or the bottom 15 percent? The answer matters more than you might think."


  • November 9, 2011
    Sallie Krawcheck, the former head of Bank of America's wealth management unit, says Wall Street must raise its appeal to the next generation of investors and female professionals to remain competitive in the wealth management industry....

  • October 31, 2011

    Social Security benefits are doled out according to a progressive formula, meaning that lower earners receive a bigger fraction of their lifetime earnings than higher earners in an attempt to address income inequality. But an NBER working paper shows...