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April is National Social Security Month

National Social Security Month is a great time to learn more about your Social Security benefit and the online resources available through the Social Security Administration. Did you know you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card, print a benefit verification letter, and more?

Don't forget to sign up for your online Social Security account to access information about your benefits and to plan for your financial future.



The 2019 iOme Challenge is On!

The Challenge question for this year's iOme Challenge competition is available and there is still time to register. The iOme (I OWE ME) Challenge encourages college students to challenge status quo thinking about the current state of retirement and propose policy recommendations.

The winning team will share a $5,000 prize, and $1,500 will be awarded to the team's faculty advisor. Winners will present their essay at WISER's June forum in Washington, DC. The deadline for submissions is May 3, 2019.  Learn more at


Equal Pay Impacts Women`s Retirement Income


Equal Pay Day (April 2nd) is a date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. While the wage gap between men and women has declined over the last 20 years, it remains a significant factor in the long-term financial security of women. 

Read WISER's Equal Pay Day press release and check out these 7 Important Facts about Women and Retirement Income. This issue of Engage magazine also features an article by WISER President Cindy Hounsell, Shortchanged: Where is my 19.5 Cents?


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Use WISER's calculator to determine when you should start saving for retirement and how much you can really afford to save. (Excel file).