Despite the many gains that have been made since OWL was founded in 1980, women still face additional obstacles on their road to economic security. They are more likely to be underpaid, or under-employed, and to take time out of the workforce to care for family—all of which results in lower Social Security benefits. They are less likely to have employer-sponsored pensions; they have a measurably more difficult time raising capital when they start their own businesses; they live longer on less.
OWL uses education, research and advocacy to be the voice of women over 40 in the halls of power, speaking out on issues such as:
• Encore entrepreneurship
• Cost-effective and comprehensive health care
• Social Security
• Retirement security
• Long-term care
We have earned a place at the table through the integrity and quality of our work and our nonpartisan, collaborative approach. We don’t just identify problems, we search for and propose solutions.
How we work:
• Producing compelling evidence-based publications that include policy recommendations and best practices
• Presenting expert briefings attended by congressional staff, opinion leaders and media
• Building partnerships and alliances with a wide range of organizations
• Engaging you in the discussion on the national policies and proposals that can impact your life
We invite you to get to know us through the dropdown menus on our website.
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