The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and advocacy that will improve the long-term financial quality of life for women.
Who We Are
Founded in 1996 by Cindy Hounsell, WISER was the first organization to focus exclusively on the unique financial challenges that women face. WISER supports women’s opportunities to secure adequate retirement income through research, workshops and partnerships. Money magazine recently named Ms. Hounsell as one of their money Heroes for her “extraordinary efforts to improve others’ financial well-being.” WISER’s website was also named by ForbesWoman as one of the Top 100 Websites for Women 2012.
National, State and Local Programs
Through its national, state and local outreach programs, WISER is able to reach women who are at high risk of retirement insecurity. In 1998, WISER founded the National Education and Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning, which works to assist the Aging Network in educating women of all ages about planning for their future financial health and long-term care needs. WISER’s West Virginia Rural Retirement Project was started in 2003, to help women in the state with the lowest female labor force better prepare and save for retirement. In 2008, WISER identified nurses as a high risk population for retirement insecurity and created the Nurses’ Investor Education Program (NIEP), dedicated to giving nurses the tools they need to adequately prepare for retirement. By 2012, the program had conducted 29 workshops in five states, providing financial information for more than 700 nurses.
All of WISER ’s educational programs and publications are developed with sensitivity to the unique financial challenges that women face and are designed to be accessible and helpful to all women and policymakers.
How to maximize retirement benefits accrued through marriage
Answers to nine questions about spousal benefits for divorced women
Answers to 12 common questions about Social Security rules and benefits
How to choose the payment option that works best for you
Work & Purpose
Chronological age doesn't mean what it used to, and why that matters