Women's Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup

Women’s Personal Finance: Wednesday Roundup May 10, 2023

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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 and nonbinary folks, 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 #91 (Actually, 230)

1. Mother’s Day Annabel’s Odessey

“In our American culture we fetishize birth but devalue mothers.

Once a year we sentimentalize instead, on a day that was originally an anti-war holiday. The founder of the holiday was of the believe that war could be prevented by mothers because nobody understands the value of life more.

Sadly, she underestimated the patriarchy.

Giving birth is a heroic act. Childbirth is one of the most dangerous things a woman ever does. This is true even in developed countries. Even in the United States.

But this simple fact does not get much airtime. And now, in the post-Roe landscape, I must include forced birth in the calculus.”

2. Everyone says that I should pay off my mortgage before I retire. What if I can’t? Women Who Money by Lisa Whitley

“On the other hand, a late-blooming first time home buyer who plans to carry a mortgage through all or most of her retirement need not have any reason for despair so long as she has indeed planned for this choice, borrowing only an amount that will remain easily affordable in her non-working years.

While the math needs to work whatever path you take,  just as importantly, your decision should give you a sense of financial peace.”

3. Tips to Survive Your Quarter Life Crisis BravelyGo

“In honor of graduation season Kara shares things she wishes she had known in her mid 20’s about money, careers, and relationships. You’re not a weirdo if you have a hard time in your mid 20’s, and hopefully these tips will make it easier for you.”

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As always, if you’re looking for a categorized list of self-identified women and nonbinary folks writing and speaking about personal finance, here is the comprehensive guide to the Women of the Financial Independence Community.

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