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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 #51 (Actually, 190)
1. The One Thing That’s Different About 2022’s Bear Market Money With Katie
“Every author cautions against falling prey to this mix of seductive pessimism and the 24-hour news cycle by reassuring you that No, in fact, “this time” isn’t different.
That’s all well and good when you’re reading those words during a historical bull run. “Totally,” you may find yourself thinking, “I’ll definitely outsmart all these people who lose their cool and believe we’re somehow living through something special or novel!”
…Until it starts to feel like you are living through something special and novel, and, oh, by the way, everyone who seems intelligent enough to have a worthwhile opinion on the matter seems to think so, too.
It is—in a word—disorienting, and it can create feelings of uncertainty and fear about whether or not continuing to invest or “staying the course” is the right move, or if we should go against our better judgment and start deviating from the plan.”
2. Spoiler Alert: The FIRE Movement Won’t Make You Happy Rich Frugal Life
“What financial independence and/or early retirement can do is remove many of the largest barriers to happiness.
If money worries, a stressful job, or lack of time with your family are the major factors causing your unhappiness, then achieving FIRE can help to reduce those obstacles.
Financial Independence provides you with the space and freedom to find your happy place. It allows you to make choices and changes that are not based on a paycheck. It gives you the freedom to take back more of your time.
But the thing is, you have to do the rest of the work.”
3. My social media is full of women, non-binary, and trans folks fighting against the overturning of Roe v. Wade Ellyse Fulmore
“The lack of cis men showing support is LOUD.
Do they realize how much it affects them too?”
BONUS. Roe v. Wade Overturned: 12 Ways Abortion Bans Will Hurt Americans Financially Julia Glum on MONEY
“Above all others, women lacking financial resources will suffer from today’s decision,” the dissenting justices wrote, adding that some states may stop people from obtaining abortions or medications out of state. “Those who can’t obtain abortions may undergo pregnancy and have a child, but at significant personal or familial cost.”
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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.