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!
Social Security demonstrates that public systems are often better than their private counterparts. The problem is that government-managed systems are only as good as their stewards. The only cure is stronger democracy, so that citizens who value good programs vote to elect leaders pledged to defend them.