Women's Social Security Petition

Join us in calling for Congress to RESPECT women, PROTECT Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and REJECT any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women.

SIGN THE PETITION -- Federal Spending Cuts Hurt Women, Seniors -- Benefit the Wealthy

Right now Members of Congress are debating how to reduce the federal deficit. Some have proposed cutting social safety net programs to reduce federal spending. Some are refusing to restore taxes on the wealthy which would provide increased revenues to maintain the safety net. Members of Congress are proposing substantial cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Social Security's benefits would be deeply cut by increasing the full retirement age above 67 and reducing the Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA) by switching to the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI). Using the "chained CPI" would cut benefits for everyone immediately and would cumulate over time, so that those who live the longest would suffer the deepest cuts.

Those most economically vulnerable — especially women with disabilities, older women who live alone, and others with limited means — will suffer the brunt of these cuts. Many women cannot find employment at older ages, do not have pensions, and have been unable to save sufficiently because of wage discrimination and time taken out of the paid workforce for care-giving. Women are recovering more slowly from this recession than are men. Women need jobs and the social services that are provided by many female workers in our child care centers, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and senior centers. The federal government should fund these jobs by raising new revenues.

We demand a budget agreement that will respect women’s contributions to their families and communities, protect programs that disproportionately serve and employ women, and reject cuts that threaten women’s well-being. The deficit problem should not be solved on the backs of vulnerable women.