Social Security Celebrates Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month. It is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the
achievements of women. Social Security provides vital benefits and financial protection
for women. Nearly 55% of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Today, more
women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income
than at any other time in our nation’s history.
Women also have longer average life expectancies than men and tend to live more
years in retirement. This means women have a greater chance of exhausting other sources of
income. It’s important for women to plan early and wisely for retirement.
Our online booklet, Social Security: What Every Woman Should Know found at
www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10127.pdf, provides detailed information about how life events can
affect a woman’s Social Security retirement benefits. These events may include marriage,
death of a spouse, divorce, self-employment, and other life or career changes.
Your earnings history will determine future benefits, so we encourage you to verify that the
information in your record is correct. You can create a personal my Social Security account
at www.ssa.gov/myaccount to review your full earnings history. You can also view your
Social Security Statement using your personal my Social Security account, to get estimates
of future benefits and other important planning information.
If you find an error in your earnings record, it is important to get it corrected so you receive
the benefits you earned when you retire. Our publication, How to Correct Your Social Security
Earnings Record at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05- 10081.pdf provides you with details on how to
make a correction. Learn about how Social Security benefits women at www.ssa.gov/people/women.
Please share this information with your loved ones.
Getting Two SSI Payments in One Month
For most months in the year, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients get their SSI
payment on the first day of the month. But when the first day of the month falls on the
weekend or a federal holiday, you receive your SSI payment on the last business day before
the first day of the month. That means you may get two SSI payments in the same month.
We do this to avoid putting you at a financial disadvantage and make sure that you don’t
have to wait beyond the first of the month to get your payment. It does not mean that you are
receiving a duplicate payment in the previous month, so you do not need to contact us to
report the second payment. Here’s how this will work in April 2023. April 1,
2023, falls on a Saturday, so we will issue your SSI payment for the month of April on March
31, 2023. In this example, you get two SSI payments in March.
The first March payment, on March 1, is your regularly scheduled payment for March. The
second March payment, on March 31, 2023, is your SSI payment for the month of April.
On our website, we provide a Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments for
the current and upcoming calendar year at www.ssa.gov/pubs/calendar.htm.
Securing today and tomorrow starts with being informed. Please share this information with
your friends and family.
Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams
Telephone and email scammers are pretending to be government employees.
Scammers will try to scare you and trick you into giving them your personal
information and money. Don’t be fooled! Social Security will not:
• Threaten you
• Tell you there is a problem with or suspend your Social Security number
• Demand immediate payment from you
• Require payment by retail gift card, pre-paid debit card, internet currency, wire
transfer, or by mailing cash
If you receive a call or email like this, please report it to the Office of the Inspector
General at https://oig.ssa.gov.