Helping Women Increase Their Financial Wellness – Interview
Finances on Minds of Many as the Prepare for April’s National Tax Day!
Almost 1 in 4 women (24%) reported that their financial wellness is worse today than two years ago, compared to only 17% of men who said the same, according to a recent survey.
The pandemic and resulting economic volatility have made women more aware of, and focused on, their short and long-term financial wellness.
Nearly 40% of women say they don’t have anything saved for retirement. The TIAA survey showed glaring examples of how women face bigger challenges than men when it comes to both their short- and long-term financial futures:
- More women (25%) say they carry an “unmanageable level of debt” compared to 17% of men.
- More women (29%) struggle to pay monthly bills, including utilities, rent, loan payments, and credit cards. For men, it was 19%.
Far fewer women (31%) are saving for retirement,
compared to men (44%). And the pandemic has made matters worse, as nearly two million women have left the workforce since 2020.
Women also retire about two years earlier than men, but typically live longer. The net result of all these factors is that women’s retirement savings and investments generate about 30% less income than men’s once they stop working, and women also face a greater risk of running out of money in retirement.
Women are behind in retirement planning and the gap between the financial wellness of men and women continues to widen.
According to the survey:
- 63% of women say they have any money saved toward retirement, compared to 80% of men.
- 44% of men say they are currently saving towards retirement compared to 31% of women.
- 35% of men are confident their retirement savings are on track to live comfortably throughout retirement without running out of money, compared to 19% of women.
Join me in a recent interview with Shelly-Ann Eweka,
Senior Director of Advice Strategy at TIAA, as she discussed the latest survey results and why it’s important for employers to take the necessary steps toward empowering women to learn more about their financial wellness before they reach the age of retirement.
Shelly-Ann also outlined how research shows that employers must take a tailored approach to support women to improve their financial wellbeing and close the retirement gap.
Listen to the entire interview here:
More About Shelly
Shelly is part of the team at T-I-A-A that helps customers plan their finances so they reach their retirement goals – both before and after they stop working.
She’s an industry leader who serves as an expert on the Woman-to-Woman Community section of TIAA.org., She’s also a member of several organizations within TIAA, including ones for Black and female employees, which create leaders and influence culture.
Shelly has been quoted in U.S.A. Today, Black Enterprise and several national media outlets and financial websites.
*Article and Interview courtesy: TIAA