Wish Social Security a Happy 75th Birthday!
In the emerging battle over Social Security, the stakes for women are high. For 75 years, Social Security -- a hallmark of the New Deal -- has been the sole source of income for 25 percent of women 65 and over.
Most of these women are poor. Women earn less, live longer, and have fewer assets and pension benefits than men.
Women, therefore, need more Social Security income during their retirement years. And Social Security is “the largest source of income” for all retired Americans (Social Security, Heidi Hartmann and Sunhwa Lee, Institute for Women’s Policy Research [IWPR] Publication # D 455, April 2003).
After its summer recess, Congress is expected to once again turn its attention to revising the Social Security system to ensure its long-term viability. Increasing retirement age and raising income levels that are taxed will be under consideration.
Read “Guidelines for Social Security Reform in the United States,” in The Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church, 2008, #4113, page 612.
Contact your congressional representatives now, while they are at home and in their district offices, to tell them you wish Social Security many more birthdays, because women need Social Security.