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Work and Retirement: Challenges and Opportunities for Women Over 50

  • Judith A. Sugar

Abstract

For most people the word work conjures up an image of someone employed in a job for which pay is received. Yet, much of the work that women do is unpaid, and, consequently, it is neither recognized nor defined as work. Ignoring women’s unpaid labor has detrimental effects on their financial well-being while they are in the labor force and later for their retirement prospects. The psychological, social, and emotional toll of ignoring women’s unpaid work is largely unexamined. Furthermore, women face cumulative discrimination in the workplace that begins at their entry into the labor force, continues in their wages and promotions throughout their employment, and then affects their financial resources and benefits in retirement.

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Social Security Private Pension Retirement Plan Mandatory Retirement Cyclic Life Pattern 
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