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Women over 55 are at great risk of financial and housing insecurity due to systemic and compounding factors such as:
This group of women have suffered lifelong discrimination. Some were forced to resign when they married or were pregnant; financial discrimination meant that many were unable to enter into a home mortgage until the 1970’s; age discrimination means that older people find it difficult to find employment.
The Mercy Foundation has funded a number of studies on the matter of older women and housing and poverty. These are available via this link.