It seems like the biggest issue in trying to get a jump on doing something – anything, really – to start on a retirement plan is the sheer weight of the unknown.

How long are you going to live? Is Social Security going to be around that long, and how much money might it provide? How much should you be saving right now?

They're all the standard questions, but as has been noted by organizations that specialize in financial planning and education geared towards women, they're questions that are even more difficult to answer for female pre-retirees.

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