WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) announced the second part of its Hope Agenda series, Hope Agenda: Remember Forgotten Women, to encourage lawmakers to boost security for women over 50. Remember Forgotten Women puts forward policy solutions to support women who are approaching retirement age and bolster their financial security.

Women of all ages face challenges in today’s economy, but women in the 50+ age group often find themselves in particularly precarious financial situations. New polling from Independent Women’s Voice identified that 89% of women worry they can’t afford to retire and won’t be able to find comparable work if they lose their current jobs. 

IWV’s Hope Agenda offers leaders solutions on some of the most important issues that women, as well as Independents, Hispanics, and younger Americans, care deeply about and want addressed. The Hope Agenda focuses on six core issues: requiring real healthcare prices upfront, protecting free speech, restoring trust and transparency in schools, ensuring safe borders, protecting women’s spaces, safety, and opportunities and boosting financial security for 50+ year-old women. Hope Agenda commitments help elevate the importance of policy issues that will genuinely benefit all Americans and especially women. 

Today, IWV launches Remember Forgotten Women, which lays out five solutions leaders can support to acknowledge the substantial fears women have as they approach retirement– many of whom are often in particularly precarious financial situations.  

To support women approaching retirement age, lawmakers can commit to:

  • Greater financial options and income security
  • Transparent, upfront healthcare prices
  • Affordable housing costs
  • Elder care and caregiving peace of mind
  • Boost retirement security

“Americans want hope, especially ‘Forgotten Women.’ The Remember Forgotten Women piece of IWV’s Hope Agenda addresses a shared fear among 89% of women that they can’t afford to retire, and worse will not find comparable work if they lose their jobs today. Politicians need to start talking about this and providing solutions. We lay out five concrete policies both parties can support to ease the concerns of women on this high traction issue,” said Heather R. Higgins, CEO of Independent Women’s Voice.

“The financial stress women face today is compounded by fears about tomorrow. A secure retirement feels unattainable when women are grappling with unaffordability on basic needs such as housing and car payments, or the costs of caring for aging parents. The Hope Agenda: Remember Forgotten Women advances policy solutions that boost flexible income-generating opportunities that fit women’s unique circumstances and build financial security without creating new government dependencies.” said Patrice Onwuka, senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Voice.

Learn more about Hope Agenda: Remember Forgotten Women HERE.



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