CHANGING LIVES… ONE WIDOW AT A TIME

Each year, countless widows find Modern Widows Club searching for support, encouragement and help finding their way through the loss of their spouse. MWC was created to offer that love and support, educated and advocate on behalf of widows, and encourage these ladies to lean back into life with a strong resilience than they’ve ever thought was possible. Hear directly from widows who have had life-changing experiences being a part of MWC.

WIDOW ADVOCACY

On International Widows Day June 23, 2018, Modern Widows Club took our camera to the streets at the Orlando Farmer’s Market and asked ordinary citizens if they could pick out the widow from our board.  Participants were shocked and amazed by what they found. If you know a widow, please share our organization and join our sisterhood. We’re here for her!! http://modernwidowsclub.org

WIDOWHOOD KNOWS NO BORDERS

We are honored to be a part of the mission of the Rona Foundation – caring for widows and orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. Rona Founder, Roseline Orwa, a widow herself, found Carolyn Moor online and began to follow Modern Widows Club, in hopes to find some encouragement and guidance as she was caring for herself and fellow widows in the villages she served. In October 2019, Ms. Orwa was able to meet Carolyn in person, when she was able to attend a MWC leadership conference. Ms. Orwa is now a leader and Ambassador for Modern Widows Club in Kenya.

We have worked closely with Rona to build huts for the women in their villages, provide education and supplies to their children in the orphanage and help these women find sustainable incomes to provide for their families.

Every day in America nearly 2800 women become widowed, but no one talks about it.
The US ranks 3rd in the world for the most widowed women at 14 million.

US Stats: (US Census Bureau and the 2015 World Widows Report)

  • The average age of a widow is 59
  • Of the 14 million widows, 66% are over 65yrs and 34% are under 65yrs.
  • 70% of all married women will face the stage of widowhood
  • Widows live an average of 15 yrs longer than their partners
  • Of the 14 million widows, 49% earn less than $25,000 a year and widowhood is often a ticket to poverty.
  • Over 740,000 widows live in extreme poverty unable to provide food, shelter and basic necessities.
  • Secondary Losses often crush widows as they lose their homes, jobs, insurances, credit, status, security, identity, faith, intimacy, confidant, parenting partner and best friend. Widowhood is an all affront attack on women’s health
  • Losing a spouse is 100 stress points on the Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Scale and ranking #1. With all the other losses, she often is near the 300 stress point level which places her in an 80% chance of becoming seriously ill.

Widows want role models, champions and positive, supportive communities that inspire them.

  1. Modern Widows Club was founded in 2011 in Orlando, FL by Founding Director Carolyn Moor by welcoming two widows to mentor into her personal home.
  2. That has grown into a national organization of over 20 statewide chapters, led by over 50 widows leaders that reaches 25,000 widows worldwide. With monthly face to face meetings, online events, monthly topic videos, inspirational emails, an annual Widow Empowerment Event, they soon became the premier US research population raising awareness and advocacy for widows.
  3. We are the pioneers of a new frontier in modern widowhood.

What is misunderstood is underserved, educating widows and society while creating more services, programs and outreach is vital. Together, we can support and empower more widows in the world. Modern Widows Club gives widows a collective voice in society and the opportunity to find her new identity in life. It’s focused on growth and empowerment, not grief, although everyone in MWC is experiencing grief in their own way.

RESEARCH ON WIDOWHOOD

World Widows Report

2016 Loomba Foundation World Widow Report

Authored by The Loomba Foundation, the World Widows Report is the only authoritative comprehensive data source about the discrimination and injustice faced by widows and their dependents country by country and worldwide, informing SDG-era policy formulation by the United Nations and national governments.

  • Helping Repartnered Widows Navigate Romance and Finance: The Role of Financial Advice by Kathleen M. Rehl, PhD, CFP, CeFT,  Carrie L. West, PhD,  Linda Y. Leitz, PhD, CFP, EA, CDFA,  John E. Grable, PhD, CFP, Carolyn C. Moor,  Michele Neff Hernandez,  Susan Bradley, CFP, CeFT . This paper reports the findings from an international study designed to assess the financial satisfaction and life well-being of re-partnered widows (those who are now remarried or in a long-term relationship).   READ MORE
  • Widows’ Voices: The Value of Financial Planning  by Kathleen M. Rehl, PhD, CFP, CeFT,  Carolyn C. Moor,  Linda Y. Leitz, CFP, EA, CDFA,  John E. Grable, PhD, CFP  In this article, findings from a study designed to evaluate the perceptions of widows in relation to financial advice are reported.   READ MORE