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 #69 (Actually, 208)
1. My First 6 Months of Early Retirement Sucked Shit: What They Don’t Tell You about FIRE Bitches Get Riches
“Have you ever carried way too many grocery bags in at once? Because you were too stubborn to make more trips? Maybe you had to haul them up a hill, or down a long driveway? And the handles of the bags pressed deep marks into your hands, and your arms shook with exhaustion? But you finally got them to the front door of your home, and sighed with deep relief as you finally set them down?
In an immediate sense, that’s how it feels to stop working. Working felt just like carrying a heavy burden for no good reason. The first week after I retired, I felt flooded with the same “ahhhh” feeling you get when you can finally lay that burden down.
So that’s what it feels like to stop working. An instantaneous, thrilling moment of triumph and joy and blessed relief. But that’s not how it feels for me to be retired.”
2. Student loan forgiveness BLOCKED for now! Bravely Go
This is a recap of the current status of student loan forgiveness from Kara Perez of Bravely Go – YouTube short.
3. Why Millennial Marriages Haven’t Become More Equal Too Ambitious
“But as this generation ages out of their post-grad years into middle age, those alleged progressive ideals don’t always translate into practice.
Take the millennial marriage – while some studies show that both millennial men and millennial women support egalitarian views of gender roles, i.e. a more equitable division of work and family responsibilities, 2020 exposed just how often millennials in heterosexual relationships fall into ‘traditional’ gender roles, where women are tasked with the lion’s share of household and care responsibilities at the expense of their own professional ambitions.”
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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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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.