Retirement USA is a national initiative that is working for a new retirement system that, along with Social Security, will provide universal, secure, and adequate income for future retirees. The initiative has developed 12 Principles for a New Retirement System, which provides a framework for a future system in which employers, workers, and the government would share responsibility for the retirement security for all American workers.

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Did You Know?

17% of older unmarried women live below the federal poverty line.

Older married couples tend to be better off financially than unmarried seniors (including divorced and widowed seniors as well as those who never married). The median income of married couples 65 and older was $43,087 in 2008, more than twice that of unmarried seniors ($16,757).

Unmarried women are especially vulnerable: 16.9 percent of unmarried women 65 and older had incomes under the federal poverty line in 2008, compared to 11.6 percent of unmarried men and 4.9 percent of married people in that age group. The federal poverty threshold is very low, well below what many experts view as necessary to meet basic needs.

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by Ed Mendel, Capitol Weekly (Sacramento, CA), April 04, 2012

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by Eric Ruth, News Journal (Wilmington, DE), September 25, 2011