A Cause Worth Fighting For

In this day, at this age, in this time, I’m not much of a joiner. Don’t get me wrong, I have my opinions but for the most part, it seems like it’s someone else’s battle, not mine.

Enter, OWL, Older Women’s League National Board, a grassroots organization that focuses on improving the status and quality of life for older women.

According to OWL, women over 50 are in dire straits. Women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn, and this disparity widens dramatically with age. Working fewer years and earning less money can make it difficult for women when they retire. Along with the negative impact of the recession, older women workers are facing an array of obstacles in the workplace including age and gender discrimination; pay inequality; under-representation in business ownership, high-paying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs; caregiving demands and penalties; underemployment; and a lack of retirement security.

OWL educates and advocates for:
Economic Security by advocating preservation and improvements to Social Security, better pensions for women, laws barring discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, disability and national origin, an adequate, equitable wage for women and compensation for caregiving including Social Security and tax credits.

A Higher Quality of Life including safe, accessible, non-discriminatory and affordable housing, public transportation that meets the needs of older adults, the elimination of exploitation and abuse of older women, the right of all persons to remain in control of decisions throughout their lives and improving the image of midlife and older women.

Healthcare Reform that addresses persistent problems including millions of Americans without insurance, ever-rising costs, lack of affordable long-term care coverage and inequities in the health insurance industry, changing to a single payer healthcare system to provide quality physical and mental healthcare that is universal, affordable and accessible.

Bubbes, Grandmothers, Mom-Moms, Grannies, Nanas and Grandmas, embrace your age. Visualize how big we really are and let the country know you feel. Our time is now.

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