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March is Women’s History Month — a time to focus not just on the past, but on the challenges women continue to face in the 21st century. Ida May Fuller, born on September 6, 1874, was the first American to receive a monthly Social Security benefit check. Along with Secretary of Labour Frances Perkins — who was instrumental in the creation of the Social Security Act — Ida May Fuller was one of the first famous women of Social Security.

International Ask a Question Day falls on March 14, and it’s the perfect day to ask Social Security a question. Chances are, you are curious about retirement planning and benefits, disability benefits, or Medicare — some of which either affect you directly or are part of a loved one’s daily life.

Ten years ago, on March 21, 2006, the CEO of Twitter sent out his first tweet. It’s appropriate, with spring coming, that the famous CEO was chirping in a format that the world now embraces as a vital form of interactive communication. Similarly, Social Security is no stranger to social media. Updated regularly, Social Security Matters is our blog. It’s our hub for Social Security news, like new features to my Social Security, changes in policy, retirement planning, and benefit information. The blog allows us to address issues in a longer format than a tweet or typical social media post. Check out Social Security Matters at and select “Get blog updates” if you want to stay informed.

Hundreds of residents turned out to attend Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s annual Valentine’s Day Dance for Senior at the gymnasium at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. Sporting snazzy red-and-white attire, they danced the night away to old-school tunes performed by the local group Pocket Change during Commissioner Jordan’s annual celebration of love.