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.