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Working and advancing in 'retirement' years | Herald-Tribune

23 March 2014—Elizabeth Fideler, Center' s research fellow was mentioned on heraldtribune.com

More women are staying in the workplace longer.

The generation of U.S. women who joined the full-time workforce in record numbers is now reaching retirement age, and fewer of them appear to be ready to quit. Many are motivated by necessity: They spent most of their careers on the wrong side of a wage gap, so their Social Security benefits are lower than men's. And about one-third of baby boomers are unmarried, which puts more women than men at a financial disadvantage.

But something else makes women over 65 the fast-growing cohort of American workers, says Elizabeth Fideler, a fellow at the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College.

“Typically, they say they enjoy their jobs and feel productive,” she wrote, after conducting a national survey of working women 65 and over. “When these women came of age in the 1950s and 1960s, their occupational options were extremely limited. The women who have persevered deserve to be celebrated — for navigating astutely during the extended economic downturn and for defying stereotypes about aging.”

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