Women often take time away from the workforce to raise children or care for aging parents, which results in fewer years of earnings and less income to invest.
Although the wage gap is closing, it can still have an impact on women’s 401(k) accounts, Social Security retirement benefits, and overall savings.
Women tend to live longer than men with an average life expectancy of 81 years, while men average 76 years1. Therefore, women will likely need to stretch their retirement dollars further.
Sometimes women invest less aggressively to avoid risk and prioritize stability, which can result in lower returns.
During the COVID-19 pandemic many women experienced lost wages as they were heavily represented in health care, food preparation, and personal service occupations that were highly impacted by closures. Other women lost income due to increased demands on their time at home during the pandemic.2