Are Baby Boomer Women Secure???OR NOT???

Baby Boomer Women: Secure Futures or Not? is a “first-of-its-kind” study.  With baby boomer women facing unique employment, financial, retirement, housing and health care challenges, this study provides answers on how baby boomer women and women of all ages may experience abundant, secure and fulfilling lives.

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As a collaboration between the Harvard Generations Policy Program and the Global Generations Policy Institute [GGPI], Baby Boomer Women:</strong> Secure Futures or Not? comprises a series of “cutting edge” research articles. The expert authors, drawn from the academic, business and policy communities, examine a number of critical and often overlooked employment, financial, health care, housing and retirement challenges facing women.  GGPI’s Chair Paul Hodge has observed:
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“Baby Boomer Women:</strong> Secure Futures or Not? is a culmination of a year of rigorous collaborative work by and among our Harvard partners and our most gifted authors. This pro bono, groundbreaking, public service venture was conceived, funded and led by GGPI as part of its Women’s Abundance Leadership Initiative.

As I have cautioned in my publications and presentations to, among others, the White House, the Aspen Institute, the World Economic Forum and recently at Oxford University:

<strong>Baby boomer women are in trouble.</strong> Unlike any other time in our nation’s history, unless there are dramatic policy shifts, in terms of absolute numbers, baby boomer women, most particularly minority women, will find their elder years to be a “never ending” struggle. After selflessly caring for their children and aging parents, a significant number of our country’s 40 million plus boomer women will not be able to afford to retire, will fall below the poverty line and experience financial insecurity and poorer health in their later years with limited aid from traditional safety nets.

Many of our boomer women will not have secure retirement futures because of diverse and interrelated demographic, social, cultural, political and economic societal factors. Almost 30 million boomer women will face uncertain employment, financial, heath care, housing and retirement futures because of gender-biased public and private sector policies.

Now is the time for our nation to recognize the singular needs of women as they age and to develop and implement public and private policies which target and address this demographic reality. In the workplace, we must update policies to reflect the changes in family structures and accommodate the compelling needs of single parenting women. We must eliminate the “glass ceiling” and age/gender discrimination policies and practices in the work place.

We must guarantee our nation’s baby boomer women and women of all ages an equal chance for capital accumulation, growth and retention in their working years and an abundant, secure and dignified quality of life in their increasingly vulnerable elder years.

<strong>Baby Boomer Women:</strong> Secure Futures or Not? is a unique study because it provides answers and solutions to women planning their employment, financial, retirement, health care and housing futures. It will stimulate informed dialogue among our nation’s citizens and business, governmental, spiritual, nongovernmental and academic communities and will lead to the creation of caring,<strong> “out-of-the-box”, </strong>systems-focused, intergenerational national policies which address the critical needs of our nation’s women.”

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For more information, please contact us at (617) 491-1171, fax at (617) 547-1431 or email us at genpolicy@genpolicy.com
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Thank you The Global Generations Policy Initiative, Inc.
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~ by thebabyboomerqueen on December 31, 2007.

One Response to “Are Baby Boomer Women Secure???OR NOT???”

  1. Thanks so much for this. I’ll be looking at the reports very closely. As a boomer who is facing a future without the opportunity to retire, I was astounded to read a piece in Newsweek this week about the endless privilege of our generation, the meaninglessness of the 60s and 70s and the new trend of “simplification” by those with huge houses and garages full of motorized toys.

    I’m sure there’s a class of boomers to whom this Ivy League writer was speaking, but he left many women and people of color wondering which boomer generation he was talking about.

    I write about boomers and sex and gender politics in my blog and appreciate other intelligent bloggers like yourself who are trying to talk the truth about the women of our generation.

    Thanks again,
    Sue

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