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The Gender Wage Gap and Women’s Retirement Security Go Hand in Hand
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The Gender Wage Gap and Women’s Retirement Security Go Hand in Hand

Sarah Jane Glynn and Christian Weller discuss how the gender wage gap plays into women’s economic insecurity in retirement.

The gender wage gap: it’s a figure most people are familiar with. On average, women earn only 79 percent of what men earn when comparing full-time year round workers. Although this particular figure doesn’t account for differences in occupations, education, caregiving responsibilities, or a number of other differences between men and women, a gender wage gap persists even when these factors are taken into account.

But the focus on what a woman earns each year compared to her male counterparts masks a related and equally important issue: the gap in women’s retirement insecurity.

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Sarah Jane Glynn

Senior Fellow

Christian E. Weller

Senior Fellow