Quick facts about why Social Security is vital to Washington women and families

Via the National Women's Law Center: Social Security is a family insurance plan that provides retirement benefits and life and disability insurance to Washington’s working families. About 1 in 6 residents – about 1,046,200 people – receives disability, survivor, and/or retirement benefits from Social Security. 93 percent of residents 65 and older receive Social Security …

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Social Security helped Mary Thompson raise her family

From Social Security: What’s at Stake for Children, Youth, and Grandfamilies Although she has never married or had children of her own, Mary Thompson knew that she wanted to care for her two young nieces after her sister died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm in 2004. “I knew I wanted to raise Brianna and Brandy. …

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Why Social Security is so important for women’s economic security

From the Alliance for Retired Americans: Many older women enter retirement with fewer economic resources than men. In 2009, half of older women relied on Social Security for 80% or more of their income. This exclusive reliance on Social Security is partly due to the fact that only a small percentage of older women receive …

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