U.S. Social Security as an International Women’s Issue – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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U.S. Social Security as an International Women’s Issue

A feminist economist explains global importance of Social Security system for women
(Feb. 28, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–What is the fuss about U.S. Social Security and why is it an international women's issue? Zdravka Todorova will answer these questions in a talk titled “The Myth of U.S. Social Security Crisis and Its Importance for Women around the World” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall room 212 on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

Todorova, both a feminist and an economist, will discuss the importance of Social Security for American women and how the policies surrounding the Social Security system effect women's rights and health on an international level. She will present various economic studies and financial projections for Social Security, and discuss the options for the program presently being debated.

Her research explores gender assumptions behind theories of public finance and money, as well as their consequences for policy formulation, and she is interested in the interrelation between household finances and activities such as unpaid labor, paid labor and consumption.

This year's Fisher Center pre-doctoral fellow, she is a doctoral candidate in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Fisher Center pre-doctoral fellows teach one course per semester, attend Fisher Center lectures and meetings, and present one colloquium. The fellowship that brought her to the Colleges is supported by the Provost's and the President's offices in an effort to enhance the study of global concerns in a way that is consistent with the Colleges' mission to provide interdisciplinary and gender-coordinate education. Todorova has a B.S. in agribusiness economics from Plovdiv University in Bulgaria and an M.A. in economics from UMKC.

Co-sponsored with William Smith Dean's Office, this event is timed to correspond with International Women's Day. Traditionally celebrated on March 8, International Women's Day is a world-wide event to celebrate and support the social and political rights and advances of women workers whether in or outside the home.

The Fisher Center, founded in 1998 with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.