Debate about recent and upcoming changes to superannuation, including the early release scheme and the proposed rise to the superannuation guarantee, has been running hot for a few months now. Likewise, the fact that women have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic has also been the subject of much commentary.

But an issue related to both those current debates that hasn’t gotten anywhere near as much attention as it should is women’s economic security. Or more specifically, their lack thereof.

Women retire with, on average, half the super of men. And they are the fastest growing portion of the homeless population over the age of 55.

With the pandemic hitting women – particularly their earning and saving potential – particularly hard, Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins recently warned that the current situation was “laying the groundwork for some pretty serious poverty for women”.