smiling older woman with money A brief from the Center for Retirement Research atBoston College has good news and bad news for women. (Photo:Shutterstock)

The poverty rate for widows has dropped “sharply” since themid-1990s, but that doesn't mean that widows are facing the samelevel of risk for poverty as married women.

That's according to a brief from the Center for Retirement Researchat Boston College, which finds that although several factors havecombined to lower widows' risk of poverty, they still face a futurescenario in which poverty is more likely for them than for theirmarried sisters.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.