Over the next 10 years, older women are projected to be at the forefront of our economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60 percent of the growth in the labor force this decade will come from workers ages 65 and over—an age group still commonly labeled “retirement age.” This aging population is dominantly female, as women currently make up the majority of U.S. adults over the age of 55.
But too often, the experiences of women in this age range are missing from policy discussions.
In honor of Older Americans Month, please join the Center for American Progress to discuss the multitude of issues faced by older women—including health care, caregiving responsibilities, age discrimination, and poverty—and to explore solutions to improve the lives of older women.
Emily Gee, Senior Vice President, Inclusive Growth, Center for American Progress
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D-IL)
Tracey Gronniger, Managing Director for Economic Security, Justice in Aging
Denise Hyater-Lindenmuth, Executive Director, National Women’s Health Network
Naomi M. Stanhaus, Program Consultant, RRF Foundation for Aging
Maggie Jo Buchanan, Senior Director and Senior Legal Fellow for the Women’s Initiative, Center for American Progress