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Elderly Women Living in Poverty Rely on Social Security

The Census Bureau shows that 2/3 of Americans aged 55 and over living in poverty are women. This figure increases in older age brackets. Women’s organizations are not surprised by this figure, as the wage gap in America continues to economically disadvantage women. Women are paid less, and have less in retirement funds. Therefore, more women are forced to rely on social security as their sole means of income in their senior years. The National Council of Women’s Organizations as well as most major women’s organizations in DC oppose the privitization of social security in the interest of protecting impoverished older women who are dependent on this form of income.

Sources:

Washington Post - November 1, 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation