The Retirement Effects of Lower Income for Women
The repercussions of earning less during their lifetime has a dramatic effect on the amount of retirement income they receive. Because women earned less while they were working, they also receive lower Social Security benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, in 2008 17% of single women over the age of 65 had an income that was below the poverty threshold of $10,326. About 28% earned less than $12,907.
Other Types of Sexism After Retirement
A lower standard of living is not the only way that women are experiencing sexism after retirement. After years of dealing with sexism in the workplace, many women are shocked to realize that they are still subject to social sexism after retirement. A friend of mine, who lives here in our retirement community of Laguna Woods Village, told me about a recent incident of sexism she noticed in a club she and her husband had joined. When the club secretary resigned, the men in the club suggested that the women take turns being club secretary. My friend said she was willing to take a turn, and do her fair share, but only if the men did, too. She saw no reason why only the women should take over the many responsibilities of a club secretary.
Retirement was the one stage of our lives when most women did not expect to experience blatant sexism. After all, since women tend to live longer than men, there are usually more women than men living in retirement communities. Gradually, let's all hope the tide turns and retiring Baby Boomers will continue to promote more equitable financial and social status during the retirement years.
In researching this blog post, I was delighted to see this quote: "You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman" -- Jane Galvin Lewis. That is so true! We all need to work together to promote a better society for everyone.
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