Just how important is retirement for women? "Women live on average six to eight years longer than men do. Eighty percent of women die single," Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, told TheStreet. But there are other reasons why women aren't preparing for retirement. Krawcheck explains: I like to say they call them individual retirement accounts for a reason. And that is as women, we can partially overcome the gender pay gap by investing.

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