Women and pension saving

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Pension Awareness Week (PAW) is back – and live online – from 14 to 18 September 2020. Once again, we’re partnering with Pension Geeks to raise awareness of all things retirement and, although we can’t be with you in person, we hope you’ll find plenty to inform and entertain you online throughout the week.

This includes a great series of free webinars every day –  take your pick from topics such as understanding pension basics, to spotting the scammers, or improving your financial well-being. Most sessions last from 30 to 60 minutes, and include an opportunity to quiz some of the UK’s pension experts.

Check out the timetable and snap up your place today.

Women and pension saving – Thursday 17 September

That’s not all. On Thursday 17 September we’re dedicating the day to helping women in the UK make the most of their pension savings, as well as seeing how a primary school class put pensions minister Guy Opperman under the spotlight.

Title: Women and pensions: tackling the gender pensions gap

Time: 9.30am

Summary: Help us close the gender pensions gap!


  • Joanne Segars OBE, chair of trustees, NOW: Pensions
  • Eleanor Levy, director of marketing and communications, NOW: Pensions
  • Kate Smith, Head of Public Affairs, Aegon
  • Antonia Balaam, Client Relationship Director, Aegon

NOW: Pensions research has revealed that women are reaching retirement age with over £100,000 less in their pensions than men. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded already challenging issues when it comes to managing childcare and work responsibilities.

The gender pay gap and gender pension gap present significant hurdles for women trying to save for their futures. In this session, our panellists discuss what can be done to help close the gender pensions gap and how the industry is working to create a fairer pension system.

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Title: Kids take on the pensions minister, Guy Opperman!

Time: 12.00pm

Summary: Ever wondered how comfy the seats are in the House of Commons, or what a pensions minister eats for breakfast? Join us for this first-of-its-kind interview with Guy Opperman,  as he faces one of his toughest audiences – a group of primary school children who want to learn how pension saving will help their future.

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Title: Why flexible working is key to closing the gender pensions gap

Time: 2.30pm

Summary: Pension saving can be challenging for women who take time out of the workplace to care for children or elderly relatives. With COVID-19 forcing many of us to work from home, Ellie Levy, our marketing director, asks if the flexible working revolution can help to close the gender pensions gap and what employers and businesses can do to support it.

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Title: The single mum’s pensions black hole (and how to avoid it)

Time: 4.00pm

Summary:  The UK’s single mothers are reaching retirement age with pension pots one-third the size of the average woman’s, yet they have the highest rate of employment than any other group. Samantha Gould, our senior communications manager, asks how we can avoid a  pensions blackhole and shares tips to getting back on track with pension saving.

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Title: Ladies, it’s time for women’s pension power!

Time: 6.00pm


  • Kate Palmer, senior money reporter for The Times
  • Helen McEwan, chief pension officer at Aegon
  • Daisy Lowe, model and designer
  • Deborah Jones, editor-in-chief of GLAMOUR magazine

Summary: How much money do you have saved in your pension? If you’re a woman, the chances are that it’s just one-third that of the average man’s. There are huge inequalities in both pensions and pay for women in the UK, but what’s being done to tackle these inequalities?

Join our expert panel for a lively debate on how to ‘future-proof’ the next generation of women’s pensions.

Touching on everything from savings barriers to financial education, our speakers aim to address some of the challenges that lay ahead and help pave the way for future pension equality.

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