Life Insurance For Women

In the past, mostly men have taken life insurance policies. This scenario is changing slowly but steadily for two reasons- 1) more and more women are making economic contributions and many times at par with their male counterparts; 2) the monetary value accorded to the innumerable household functions performed by a homemaker.
Working women need life insurance for the same reasons as men- to provide for the dependants in case of untimely death and to provide for themselves in time of retirement. Life insurance policies for working women will be considered on the same parameters as for earning men; as also women who derive an income from sources like interest from deposits and dividends from investments etc. The aggregate of all sources should be taken into account for calculating the amount of risk cover. Life insurance becomes even more important for single mothers to protect the children and provide for their education and other needs.
Life insurance for women who are homemakers is reasoned to be essential too, though they are not making direct financial contribution to a household because it is perhaps only in the absence of the lady of the house that one realises the load of work handled by her. A life insurance cover for a house wife is computed by making a total estimate of expenses that will be incurred in hiring services to take care of household functions like hiring a cook, nanny for kids, tutor for kids, caretaker for chores like buying groceries and efficient running of the house. Life insurance for a homemaker can also help in covering medical expenses in case of critical illness.
A life insurance policy for a woman can be customised and made more effective by adding riders to cover areas that are particular to women. For e.g. it can cover breast cancer, complications in pregnancy, congenital disability in a new born.
There are some limitations in buying an insurance cover for a housewife- usually insurance companies do not offer a pure insurance product like term insurance to housewives, however all other plans like endowment plans, money-back and ULIP policies are available. Another restriction is on the upper limit of risk cover a housewife can purchase. The insurance cover is capped at different limits by different insurance companies and in no case can exceed that of the husband. Also the amount of cover will depend on the income of the husband/ earning family member.
Having a life insurance policy for a working woman is as important as for a man, because a sudden loss of her income can have equally damaging repercussions. But even a housewife should consider risk cover because from a practical point of view the services rendered by her, though priceless, have monetary value too. One way to ensure that the family is capable of meeting the extra financial demands upon her death is to have life insurance. Similar to an insurance policy for a male, it is also prudent to buy a woman’s policy as early as possible because it will cost much less when the lady is younger and healthier. So even if a female is working, unmarried and has no liabilities as yet, money invested in a life insurance policy may prove to be one of the best decisions later on in life.