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Older women rely on Medicare every day for affordable, quality health care. More than half of the 48.7 million Medicare beneficiaries are women.
For many women, the path to finding and keeping a job with decent wages and advancement opportunities is strewn with obstacles — from lack of adequate child care, to juggling work and family responsibilities, to dealing with on-the-job discrimination.
Today’s working families deserve the same protection that Social Security has provided for the last seven decades. There is no other guaranteed wage-replacement program, public or private, that offers the same level of security to America’s working families.
Social Security is the largest source of retirement income for most seniors, helping millions pay for food, housing and other necessities late in life. Fifty-four million Americans1, including 26.1 million adult women who are widowed, retired or face a serious disability, depend on it.2 There is no other guaranteed wage-replacement program, public or private, that offers the same level of economic security — yet lawmakers continue to consider deep cuts and potentially punitive structural changes to the program.