Women’s Pension Reform: Congress Inches Toward Equity
In the workplace and in the home, women suffer economic injustices. The inequities of our private and governmental pension systems compound their financial problems, leading to inadequate retirement income for many older women. For example, only ten percent of women age sixty-five and over received private pensions or annuities in 1982, as compared to twenty-nine percent of men age sixty-five and over. Women receiving pensions likewise get much less than men, averaging $1,520 in 1982. The average for men in 1982 was $2,980.
Gradually, policymakers are recognizing the shortcomings of pension systems. In the past few years, federal legislation has greatly expanded women’s pension rights. As this Article argues, however, much remains to be done. Part I of the Article discusses recent pension legislation. Part II discusses possibilities for future legislation.