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Key Facts about Older Women and Social Security

Social Security benefits are vital to women’s retirement security.  More than a quarter of women aged 65 and older rely on Social Security for nearly all of their family income. Social Security family income kept roughly 38 percent of older women out of poverty, yet they are still more likely to be in poverty than older men.

This In Brief describes how women benefit from the Social Security program and illustrates the importance of the program to women’s retirement security.

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