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Welcome to the Women’s Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup! We started this series back in 2018 on TreadLightlyRetireEarly.com to showcase the fabulous women in the online personal finance community who are talking about money online. Even now, there is a perception that women aren’t good with money, don’t care about money, or don’t understand it on a granular level beyond perhaps knowing how to coupon and score a good shopping deal.
These roundups are our way of doing a small part to change that perception. There is no shortage of women online doing their part to make it clear that they DO understand money, and these posts are meant to amplify that fact.
Why does it matter? Because representation matters. Because reading and hearing stories from those who (may or may not) look like us show us that yes, we too can figure out this money thing, that we too have important stories to tell. And that we too know quite a lot about money and are experts worth listening to.
Since Women’s Personal Finance has grown up to get its own website, it’s time to transition these roundups over here to the dedicated website. Same great content, new home!
Our Women’s Personal Finance Facebook group on Facebook also has a sharing thread on Fridays, and that’s the place to read all the blog posts written by members over the previous week. If you’re looking for more articles written by women, that’s a great place to continue reading (plus we have plenty of great discussions on finances the rest of the week as well!).
If you don’t have the time or inclination to go searching down myriad posts, though, we will be continuing this series every week to showcase some of the best of the new content we read. If you ever read a post you think we absolutely need to consider for this roundup, please let us know! We are always open to reading new blogs and want to celebrate those newer voices as well as the more seasoned ones.
And with that, here is the best (in our opinion) content by women and nonbinary folks this past week. Let us know what you think in the comments! We love discussion.
Women’s Personal Finance Weekly Roundup #58 (Actually, 197)
1. How My Coworkers and I Advocated for 20% Raises (Sample Letter Included) Goodbye Whine to 5
“This is when we started to learn more about what other hospitals were paying their social workers and the pay discrepancies even within our own department.
Many of these other hospitals are non-profit too, so no more excuses.
Being transparent about our wages with one another is what started our path for advocacy.”
2. The First Time I Chose Me DINKS on a Bus
“That was all I needed to hear to know I had made the right choice. I chose me. I chose joy. I chose the flicker.
Now, as a 35-year-old adult, I try to practice choosing me every day. It’s not always easy, but it gets easier with time. The more we get to know ourselves and who we really, truly are, rather than who society is telling us to be, the more we know what choosing ourselves even looks like. “
3. How I Overcame a Shopping Addiction Financial Best Life
“It’s no secret that back in college I had a shopping addiction so large, I ended up with $10,000 in credit card debt by age 21. Even though I was young, how did I decide I had a compulsive shopping disorder and how did I get over it? How was I able to distinguish a bad behavior from a simple tendency to overspend or a mild shopping habit?
It was a one-two punch of working with a therapist to discover the root of my issue and identifying my spending triggers. Once my work with her was complete, then I had the tough task of actually sticking to my training and what I learned. Below are anecdotes from my own battle with a shopping addiction and how I’m able to live my life now, some 10 years later.”
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Angela is the cofounder of Women's Personal Finance. When she's not talking about women and money, she's riding her e-bike, hanging out at her urban micro-farm with her family, or listening to a new audiobook.