Attendees ages 20-something to 80-something filled the rooms of the hotel in DC, many sporting feminist t-shirts, some covered with change-the-world emblemed buttons, all with a common mission: to make the world a better place through equality. I'm not sure I've ever been in a room so full of compassion, unity and just enough societal frustration to get things done.
Because so few women have employer-provided retirement benefits or personal savings on which to rely, Social Security is disproportionately their sole source of income in old age. For 49 percent of never-married, divorced and widowed women aged 65 and older, Social Security comprises virtually all of their income. That is nearly one out of two single women!