Inequities accumulate throughout women’s lives that contribute to them having economic insecurity as older adults. This is more severe for women of color who also face racism and discrimination in the workplace. We need broader policies that promote economic security across the life span of women, such as a comprehensive slate of work-family policies, a strengthened Social Security system, and a federal minimum wage that helps close the gendered and racialized pay gap.
“I’ve learned that parental leave, childcare, and flexible work are part of a broader suite of social and economic policies that support women workers throughout their lives. Women don’t just become poor when they’re old. The problem begins at earlier stages and builds cumulatively throughout lifetimes.”