Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement

1140 19th St. NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC, 20036

Phone: (202) 393-5452 | Fax: (202) 393-5890
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Website: www.wiserwomen.org

Principal Staff:
Cindy Hounsell, President
Lara Hinz, Director of Programs

Type of Organization: National Policy/Research/Education
Founded: 1996

Mission Statement:
The Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement works to provide low and moderate income women (aged 18 to 65) with basic financial information aimed at helping them take financial control over their lives and to increase awareness of the structural barriers that prevent women's adequate participation in the nation's retirement systems.

Although women have entered the labor force in record numbers, their access to retirement benefits has not followed at the same level. As the only organization to focus exclusively on the specific inequities that disadvantage women, WISER seeks to improve the opportunitites for women to secure retirement income.

Subject Expertise:
Retirement, Financial Planning, Saving and Investing, Social Security, Pensions

Annual Meetings/Conferences:
Annual Symposium on Women and Retirement; Women's Retirement Income Roundtable; WISER Hero Awards

Key Publications: WISERWoman Quarterly Newsletter; What Women Need to Know About Retirement; Divorce and Retirement: Take Control of Retirement Benefits; Don't Run With Your Retirement Money: Understanding Your Resources and How Best to Use Them; What Today's Woman Needs to Know: A Retirement Journey; Money & Retirement A Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know About Money & Retirement; Seven Life-Defining Financial Decisions; Financial Steps for Caregivers