Voter Mobilization on Women’s Equality Is Crucial in November
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare will be joined by members of New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation and our allies in the fight for women’s rights as we launch our new project, “Eleanor’s Hope.” This initiative, named for one of the great leaders in the history of the women’s rights movement, Eleanor Roosevelt, will mobilize women of all ages to advocate for income equality, income security and health protection for women.
When it comes to the issues of retirement security and gender equity, women have a lot at stake in November’s election and beyond. Through grassroots advocacy and education in our communities from Concord to Capitol Hill, the “Eleanor’s Hope” project will raise awareness, recruit and train new activists, highlight female leaders who are making a difference and generate national interest in women’s health and retirement security issues leading up to the 2014 and 2016 elections.
There are nearly 200 thousand residents in New Hampshire<http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_sc/2013/table02.htmln>, age 65 or older, who receive Social Security benefits with women accounting for more than half of those beneficiaries. Contrary to the political rhetoric so popular in Washington these days, no one is living high on the hog on their Social Security benefit. In fact, in New Hampshire, the average benefit is just over $1,300 per month. It’s even lower for the average woman retiree who receives just $1,100 per month. Shockingly, many in New Hampshire receive much less. While nearly 21% of all of the state’s retirees receive less than $900 per month in Social Security, even more of New Hampshire’s women (30%) receive less than a $900 monthly benefit.
While Social Security is a program that is vitally important to all Americans, it is especially important to the financial security of women. Not only do women, on average, live longer than men they also earn less in Social Security benefits. These fiscal realities for millions of American women increase the risk that they may outlive their savings, impoverishing them and their families.
WHO: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Representative Ann Kuster
State Senator Peggy Gilmour for Governor Maggie Hassan
Max Richtman, President and CEO, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Video Presentation by Eleanor Anne Roosevelt, granddaughter of President Franklin and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt
Members of New Hampshire State Legislature
Elise Britton for U.S Representative Carol Shea-Porter
WHAT: The New Hampshire debut of the Eleanor’s Hope Women’s Equality project, designed to educate voters about rebalancing economic and retirement security to ensure true equality for women.
WHEN: 3pm Wednesday October 15, 2014
WHERE: Nashua Community College
505 Amherst St.
Nashua, NH 03063
With millions of members and supporters across America, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is the nation’s #1 advocacy group fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare for all citizens from younger workers and baby-boomers to the nation’s 40 million seniors. The National Committee informs its members and other citizens about legislative and regulatory proposals, which will affect their working and retirement life. In turn, we take their concerns directly to the White House and the Congress with our staff of professional lobbyists and grassroots advocates.
For more information about the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare call 1-800-966-1935.
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