Saturday, May 12, 2007

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT

Give Mom the Gift of Financial Security A Poll Shows Nearly One-Half of U.S. Adults Don't Know Mom's Financial Situation
While repaying mom for all she’s done in years past may be an impossible task, asking her a few simple questions right now may make a difference when it comes to her financial future. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation's telephone survey of U.S. adults found that 40 percent knew very little or nothing about mom’s financial situation. In addition, the poll found that while most adults whose moms have retired realize that Social Security is her primary source of income, those whose mothers have not yet retired don't fully appreciate the importance of Social Security for their mothers or for themselves.

Is your mom over 65? Did you know that your mom will live alone for much of her retired life because your dad was older than she and women live three years longer than men? Did you know that because your mom was a mom and caregiver she had a shorter work life and because women are paid 23% less than men she did not have the opportunity to earn as much as a man. This means her Social Security will be less and she will not have been able to have saved as much in IRA's as she will need to live, for women need to save at least 12% of their income vs men's 10%. Did you know that only 6% of older women receive help from their families?

What can you do ? Be sure Social Security as we know it with its benefits will stay in place. (It can continue just the way it is for the next 33 years) Work to increase women's wages, urging passage of the NYS Fair Pay Bill will help. Finally, develop a financial plan that will provide for income after retirement. Love your mom and help her prepare for her future now. If you would like more information about this AAUW study go to their website www.aauw.org.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Nancy Mion asks us to repond to this request. Regulars will remember that adequate and fair school funding is a main concern of the American Association of University Women. Sound policy also requires accounatbility.

PLEASE ASK YOU STATE SENATOR TO VOTE AGAINST S 5693 WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE ALL ACCOUNTABILITY PROVISIONS IN THE FIRST YEAR FOR ALL BUT THE FIVE LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

To find the email address if your state senator, go to www.senate.state.ny.us and click on the senators button on the left side of the page.

If we work together we can make education work in NY.

Diane Haney

Jane Roberts, 34 million Friends of UN

The American Association of University Women, NYC branch, 111 East 37th St. (btw. Park & Lexington Aves) invites you to a wine and cheese event on Friday, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet JANE ROBERTS, co-founder, 34 Million friends of UN Population Fund. Jane is one of the amazing women who began a grass roots project to ask 34 million Americans to donate at least $1 to UNFPA, when the United States cut off its funding of $34 million dollars to the agency in 2002. to date they have raised $3,519,677.
UNFPA works worldwide to eliminate gender-based violence including female genital cutting and rape used as weapons of war. For more information wwww.americansforunfpa.org. For information and other programming at the AAUW New York City branch contact Joan Jacobson, Public Policy chair 212 725-9590