About Eleanor’s Hope

The retirement challenges facing millions of American women simply can’t be ignored.  On average, women live longer than men yet their lifetime earnings are generally lower.  Pay inequity while they’re working and often reduced benefits once they retire means millions of women face retirement and health insecurity in their old age.

The National Committee’s “Eleanor’s Hope” initiative, named in honor of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, will raise awareness and bolster Congressional leaders who are making a difference on women’s health and retirement security issues.  We’ll advocate for legislation that addresses the inequities threatening millions of retired women and work to elect lawmakers who share our vision of retirement equity for women.

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Women and Retirement: The Gender Gap Persists

Americans are historically concerned that they will not have saved enough money to provide for a reasonable standard of living in retirement.  When older people were asked in a benchmark survey which they feared most – death or outliving their money in retirement – nearly two-thirds chose running out of money. In a January 2020 survey, only about seven in ten workers were confident they would have enough to live comfortably in retirement, including 27 percent who were very confident in their ability to retire comfortably. Continue brief

Women to Watch

Rep. Val Demings

“We must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable seniors. They shouldn’t have to decide between buying groceries and buying prescription drugs…” “The Trump Administration is dead wrong in its lawsuit to strip healthcare from millions of Americans by ending the Affordable Care Act, which will cause immediate harm to older Americans, and increase out-of-pocket costs for families.”

Sen. Kamala Harris

“ Social Security and Medicare are the bedrock of our social contract. Together, these safety net programs keep millions of seniors and people living with disabilities out of poverty. [I] oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and believe we need to strengthen these safety nets.”

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Q. My husband and I both worked full time for many years and individually will qualify for close to a maximum benefit. Will we each be able to do that, or is there a maximum payment to married persons that is less than the total they would receive if they were not married?

A. There is no maximum benefit for a married couple when both have participated in the workforce. In the situation you describe, each of you will receive his or her own benefit. In survivorship cases, the survivor receives whichever of their two benefits is the greater.

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