Everywhere I go in San Francisco I see promotions for the Super Bowl turning 50. What I do not see is a celebration of women turning 50. On Jan. 14, 2016 the PBS News Hour’s Paul Solman broadcast “Why women over 50 can’t find jobs.” He cited a Federal Reserve study by Alexander Monge-Naranjo and Faisal Sohail titled “Long-Term Unemployment Affected Older Women Most Following Recession.” If you are a woman turning fifty you more likely to become one of the long term unemployed. Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economics at The New School for Social Research said “We have a lot of inequality in the United States, and much of that is generated because we create such bad jobs. Jobs that really don’t keep a family of two or three above the poverty level. So we have low unemployment for everybody, including old people, but these are really low wage jobs.”
Women turning fifty in the next few years need to think about strengthening the social safety net when they vote.
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