Women are more likely to carry out jobs that are unpaid or underpaid, follow non-linear career paths that dead-end before top management, suffer a wage gap, rely on a partner income and then outlive that partner, and therefore enter their retirement years with little or no financial security. This means that women face a relatively large risk of ending up destitute and alone later in life. The reality is that the face of poverty today is already that of an elderly woman -- a situation that only stands to worsen as the baby boomer generation ages. In this context, how can we leverage technology, constrained resources and a sense of community to ensure wellbeing for women into their twilight years? My suggestion is to do this through a system of digital and physical (secular) "béguinage" communities where women of differing means (and their families and friends) pool their resources--including financial--and collectively support each other through their retirement years.