Retirement Security: Older Women Remain at Risk

TitleRetirement Security: Older Women Remain at Risk
Publication TypeGovernment Report
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsOffice, USGovernment
PublisherU.S. Government Accountability Office
Keywordsretirement security, women

Over the last decade, working women’s access to and participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans have improved relative to men. In fact, from 1998 to 2009, women surpassed men in their likelihood of working for an employer that offered a pension plan—largely because the proportion of men covered by a plan declined. Furthermore, as employers have continued to terminate their defined benefit plans and switch to defined contribution plans, the proportion of women who worked for employers that offered a defined contribution plan increased. Women’s higher rates of pension coverage may be due to the fact that they are more likely to work in the public and nonprofit sectors and industries that offer coverage, such as health and education.

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