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A Financial Guidebook for Women

Women investors face many challenges to building wealth and securing their financial futures. We developed this resource as a guidebook for women who are seeking perspectives on how to take control of their financial lives. We hope you find useful information that helps you make the most of your financial well-being today and every day.

Did You Know?

  • Women represent 56.8% of professionals in the American workforce.1
  • 57% of women participate in the U.S. labor force.2
  • American women who turn 65 this year have a life expectancy of 86.7 years.3
  • American men who turn 65 this year have a life expectancy of 84.3 years.4
  • Median weekly earnings for full-time female workers are 82% of their male counterparts.5
  • Median annual income for mother-only family households is $41,703.6

1“Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm [Accessed Mar. 21, 2019]
2 “Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate: Women.” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNS11300002 [Accessed Mar. 21, 2019]
3 “Calculators: Life Expectancy.” Social Security Administration. https://www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.html [Accessed Mar. 21, 2019]
4 “Calculators: Life Expectancy.” Social Security Administration. https://www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.html [Accessed Mar. 21, 2019]

5 “Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2017.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-earnings/2017/home.htm [Accessed Mar. 21, 2019.]
6 “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017.” U.S. Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/ publications/2018/demo/p60-263.pdf [Accessed Mar. 21, 2019]

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