The Single woman's worst nightmare is finding herself old, alone and homeless--or in public housing, where she will be menaced by young savages.
Many of us--perhaps because we first learn about life from books, babysitters or our grandmothers' fears--think that the great protection from this fate is A Husband.
But I wonder how many widows there are who, despite these magic if temporary talismans, have found themselves old, alone and homeless or in public housing anyway.
I'm having a terribly busy day, so I can't find the statistic. Does anyone happen to know what percentage of widows in their country end up on welfare?
Update: The good news is that women are allowed to work, earn and sock money away into pension plans. Thought I'd better add that.