The New Social Contract: Achieving Retirement Equality for Women

A new report from the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral Aegon finds that the persistent gender pay gap, coupled with traditional societal norms and gender roles, are placing women at a disadvantage in terms of saving and planning for retirement.

The life course of women fundamentally differ from those of men. Societal norms and expectations, like marital norms, childbearing, family responsibilities, and caregiving responsibilities, often create very real barriers for women and their ability to be self-reliant and prepare for their long-term financial security. Women are more likely than men to take extended periods of time out of the workforce, thereby limiting both their ability to save, and foregoing the wider benefits that can come with employment. According to the report, less than a quarter of women workers believe they are on course to achieve their retirement income needs.

Based on an annual survey of 15 countries spanning Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia, the new report provides actionable recommendations to put women at the center of the solution:

  1. Start saving early and save habitually
  2. Develop a written retirement strategy
  3. Create a backup plan for unforeseen events
  4. Adopt a healthy lifestyle
  5. Embrace lifelong learning



Latest Developments

We keep our members and partners in touch with the most recent updates and opinions in the worldwide dialogue on population longevity and related issues.

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Longer Lifespans Require Secure Financial Futures

As many as half of 5-year-olds in the United States can now expect to live to 100, a population that is projected to swell in the decades ahead. Longer lifespans don’t guarantee a financially secure later life, however. If anything, in the absence of significant planning, extreme longevity may make financial security harder to attain.