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.
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Women’s Personal Finance Weekly Roundup #46 (Actually, 185)
1. Fuck You, I’m Done All In Her Head by Jessica Valenti
“We’ve shown that abortion is safe (much more so than pregnancy), and rebutted the misinformation around the procedure over and over again.
We’ve knocked on doors and raised money; debated at school, work and on the floors of Congress. We’ve started organizations and research groups; we’ve raised awareness everywhere from pop culture to your local barbershop.
We voted: Election after election, year after year.
What has it gotten us? Not only is Roe going to be overturned—our daughters growing up with less rights that we had—but we’re still fucking debating?”
2. I Had To Let Go of My Ambitions – Or So I Thought Jessica (The Fioneers) on Too Ambitious
“If I could just get this promotion” – the number of thoughts that started with that phrase were too many to count.
I had always been an ambitious person. I wanted to Lean In, climb the ladder and bring other women up after me.
And on July 1st 2018, I got the promotion, along with the coveted 6-figure salary.
11 days later, I had a mental breakdown. I woke up at 3 AM sobbing and couldn’t stop. My chest felt tight. I couldn’t breathe. When I realized it was an intense panic attack, I woke my spouse who sat with me for three hours until it finally subsided. I decided to take a sick day.
I’ll be out for a few days. Then I’ll go back to my old ambitious life, I thought.”
3. There Was A Time In My Life Where A Surprise $100 Would Break Me CloBare Money Coach
“I have been in the place where I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay rent.
I have been the person who would panic over over drafting her account.
I have been the person who had no idea how to money other than extreme saving and extreme spending.
I have been the person who has used money as a numbing technique.”
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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.