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Professional Women and a Secure Retirement (December 30, 2011)

By Chris Farrell
Bloomberg Businessweek

"The wage penalty shows up in an average retirement income for women 65 and older in 2009 that was 57 percent less than for men of the same age group—$21,519 vs. $37,509, according to the MetLife Study of Women, Retirement, & the Extra-Long Life. Women face the prospect of paying bills much longer than men, since those reaching age 60 have an average remaining life expectancy of 23.8 years vs. 20.6 years for men. Millions of women have labored in low-wage service jobs without pensions. In 2010, three out of five women expressed “a lot” or “a fair amount” of worry about not having enough to live on in retirement, according to a survey by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research."

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