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 #3 (Actually, 140)
1. Why I’m Not Hustling Like a Mother She Picks Up Pennies
“The fact that this might be the very worst place in the world to actually take any kind of parental leave. The United States makes it so incredibly difficult to qualify for a leave, never mind trying to afford unpaid time off if you’re approved.
The very system through which we are supposed to sustain new life and allow our traumatized bodies to recover isn’t set up to allow either of those things. Not really. Maybe not at all.
And then there’s the most American antidote I can think of. Rather than identify a problem and fix it, we just hustle through it. By necessity and also by way of this hustle porn that seeps into every crevice of society.
2. Watching the Small Things Add Up Along The Camel Ride
“In a culture where we tend to value big things, like big houses, big vehicles, big vacations, big weddings, and big wardrobes, we can easily ignore the big effects these things are having on our lives. And some of those effects are big enough to create catastrophic consequences.”
3. Success: 1 Year No Spend Clothing Challenge Completed! Rich Frugal Life
“Since I already own way too many clothes, it seemed like this should be an easy feat. I just had to wear what I already own. The biggest challenge; however, was using my willpower and changing the engrained mindset that buying more clothes (or anything for that matter) equals more happiness.
Buying new clothes, regardless of whether I needed them or not, is a bad habit that I developed when working long hours in corporate America. I bought nice things because I made good money, and it seemed like I should.”
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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.