Almost one in four people in the EU live at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Living conditions, poverty levels and pathways into and out of poverty are different for women and men and also vary across the span of a person’s life. Young people (18-24) make up 10 % of all poor in the EU. While the risk of poverty or social exclusion does not differ much for women and men at this stage of life, women are clearly paying the price of gender inequalities at an older age. They are at a much higher risk of poverty or social exclusion than older men.