AAUW: Report on Economic Insecurity in Sarasota County

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Date(s) - Wed Oct 21 2020
2:00 pm

Dear Colleague,
I am pleased to announce the release of the report on Aging, Women and Economic Insecurity in Sarasota County, Florida by Mary Gatta, PhD and Jessica Horning, MSSW. (https://sarasota-fl.aauw.net/economic-security-2/) Funding for this research was provided by the Margaret L. Bates Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and members of AAUW Sarasota.

On Wednesday October 21, 2020 at 2:00pm, Dr. Mary Gatta will be presenting the results of the research at our virtual AAUW Sarasota Branch meeting. Please join us for the presentation and a discussion of the research on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/4835694589. Meeting ID: 483 569 4589

The executive summary of the report states “In the county, women reported a median retirement income of $13,792; men had $24,289 – a gap of 57 percent.”

AAUW Sarasota recommends policies targeted to seniors to address these gaps including deferral of property taxes, low-cost transportation, affordable housing, and supportive programs at senior centers. In addition, policies that support working women would prevent workers from aging into poverty. These policies should include paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave, subsidized childcare, non-traditional career training and financial literacy training. We are interested in talking with you about these policies that support women in our community.

In addition, Dr. Gatta and Ms. Horning have produced a companion report Gender and Race Intersections Matter: Older Women’s Economic Insecurity in Sarasota County, Florida that extends the results of the original report and responds to some of the social justice issues of our time. You can find this supplemental analysis at the same link. The Intersections report finds that “While older women in the county face economic insecurity, systemic sexism often intersects with systemic racism creating inequities among women in the county.”

Research has been a cornerstone for AAUW to advance gender equity for women and girls. See related research at AAUW Florida (https://aauw-fl.aauw.net/about/advocacy/economic-security/). AAUW has additional resources on economic security and leadership at https://www.aauw.org/issues/

Please contact us with questions and ideas about how to improve the economic security of older women in our community.

Lois Fisch, President
AAUW Sarasota