The Wisconsin Elder Economic Security Initiative
The Wisconsin Elder Economic Security Initiative continues to be a top priority project of the Wisconsin Women’s Network. In conjunction with Wider Opportunities for Women, the Network has continued to push for the adoption of the Elder Economic Security Standard as a means of elder benefit calculation in Wisconsin.
Women in the United States typically live longer than men. Though all elders face hurdles in regards to health, finances, and social problems, aging women often have more challenges for a variety of reasons. Because women have a longer life expectancy than men and also tend to marry men who are older than themselves, 7 out of 10 women from the Baby Boomer generation will outlive their husbands. This means that elderly women are more likely to be widowed or living alone; of the more than 9 million elders living alone, 80% of them are women. In addition, elder women are more than twice as likely to be living in poverty. Poverty is especially prevalent in women of color and older women who are living alone.