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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 #5 (Actually, 142)
1. An ode to slowness: the benefits of slowing down Ness Labs, Anne-Laure Le Cunff
“Hustle culture uses speed as a measure of performance. How fast can you ship a new feature? How many prospective clients can you call in an hour? How much of your day can you devote to work? If you’re not fast, are you even being productive? This harmful mindset results in burnout, poor decision-making, and bad communication.
It may seem counterintuitive, but slowing down can be a faster way to achieve your goals. Fighting our urge to live and work faster can lead to clearer thinking, deeper connections, and better mental health.”
2. What They Don’t Tell You About Money The Riveter, Lyz Lenz
“We aren’t good at talking about money in America. Oh, sure, we write takes telling someone to stop going to Starbucks in the name of saving a buck. God forbid you buy $10 avocado toast. But we rarely ever talk honestly about who was able to afford a house because their parents gave them a down payment or paid for their college so they weren’t drowning in debt. Talking about money is very hard because it’s very cringy.
We want people to admit to getting help and support because it helps us understand the structural inequalities. But also we want to pretend that all of our success is through hard work. As if hard work itself were enough.”
3. Health Insurance: This Country Will Leave You for Dead Welcome to the Writer’s Life, Paulette Perhach
“The whole system is completely ludicrous, that people who work a corporate job 40 hours a week seem to deserve to live more than people who don’t.
I don’t know that I won’t die of freelancing one day. I can’t predict that I won’t get some disease through which, if I’d been a marketing manager at Amazon on some behemoth plan, I could have afforded to live. But because I’m a writer and entrepreneur, well, have fun divvying up my mugs and don’t forget to burn my journals.
The best I can do is mitigate my risk.”
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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.