Widowhood, Divorce & Issues For Older Women

These sites are listed to show the range of information available to women regarding widowhood and divorce. WISER does not endorse any of these sites, and recommends that you investigate the sources before obtaining any services.

Widowhood

"The Implications of Marital History Change on Women's Eligibility for Social Security Wife and Widow Benefits, 1990-2009."
November 2012
Source: Meyer, Madonna Harrington, Wolf, Douglas A., and Himes, Christine L., Social Security Administration

"Widows and Social Security," provides context for understanding past and future policy discussions regarding Social Security widow benefits.
2010
Source: Meyer, Madonna Harrington, Wolf, Douglas A., and Himes, Christine L., Social Security Association

"The Economic Consequences of Widowhood for Minority Women."
2007
Source: The Gerontologist

"Linking Benefits to Marital Status: Race and Diminishing Access to Social Security Spouse and Widow Benefits in the U.S.," explores how the recent shift away from marriage for some demographics has led to less secure Social Security benefits for some women.
March 2004
Source: Meyer, Madonna Harrington, Wolf, Douglas A., and Himes, Christine L., Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

Divorce

"The Retirement Prospects of Divorced Women," uses the Social Security Administration’s Modeling Income in the Near Term to project the retirement resources and well-being of divorced women.
February 2012
Source: The Urban Institute

"Gain and Loss: Marriage and Wealth Changes Over Time," analyzes the effect of marriage on wealth by looking at characteristics such as lifetime earnings, mortality risk, the magnitude of wealth loss and gain associated with divorce, widowing and remarriage, and estimated wealth change before and after marital status change.
December 2009
Source: University Of Michigan Retirement Research Center & RAND

"Insult to Injury: Disability, Earnings, and Divorce," examines the effect of work-limiting disabilities on the likelihood of divorce.
November 2009
Source: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

"The Long Term Effects of the Divorce Revolution: Health, Wealth, and Labor Supply."
Source: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

"Baby Boom Women: Secure Futures or Not?," various articles explore the problematic nature of our aging generation and what this means for women's financial security in the coming decade.
Fall 2007
Source: Harvard Generations Policy Program, The Global Generations Policy Institute

"Why are so Many Older Women Poor?" details reasoning for increased poverty among unmarried older women and how this issue can be remedied.
April 2004
Source: Munnell, Alicia, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

Issues for Older Women

"Rising Economic Insecurity Among Senior Single Women."
October 2012
Source: Munnell, Alicia, Demos

"Importance of Social Security by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Marital Status, 2010."
April 2012
Source: Munnell, Alicia, Institute for Women's Policy Research

"The MetLife Study of Women, Retirement, and the Extra-Long Life: Implications for Planning" examines mature women’s retirement-related thinking and behaviors in the context of all the “extra” challenges women experience in retirement.
September 2011
Source: Munnell, Alicia, MetLife

"American's Aging Population" looks at the ways in which the Baby Boomer population will experience retirement in light of certain characteristics, such as high levels of education, work experience, and economic well-being, and general good health.
February 2011
Source: Munnell, Alicia, Population Reference Bureau

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