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 #15 (Actually, 152)
1. Don’t Wait for the Perfect Moment – Make Your Moments Perfect Sixty and Me
“I awaken early and while I lie there in the dark, I contemplate the day and how I can find within it the gifts that are meant for me, be they time with a close friend, something delicious that I want to prepare for myself, or perhaps an outing with the potential to see a place with a refreshed perspective. And if there’s nothing on the calendar, I contemplate what I can do to make the day a good one.”
2. The Tyranny and Misogyny of Meal Planning (And why I’m f*cking doing it anyway.) Virginia Sole-Smith
“Meal planning is a huge part of a household’s mental load. THIS MEANS THAT IN MOST HOUSEHOLDS, MEAL PLANNING IS ALSO INVISIBLE WORK TO THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY NOT DOING IT, AND EVEN TO RESEARCHERS WHO TRACK THESE QUESTIONS. In this 2019 Pew Research survey, for example, we learn that 80 percent of mothers do all the grocery shopping and meal preparation for their households, but the researchers don’t even ask about planning. Maybe they think it’s obvious that there is no way the non-shopping/non-cooking partner is writing out menus?”
3. You’re swamped? Join the club. Scalawag Magazine
“Then comes the “but”—and there is always a but—closely followed by a “need” to schedule a meeting, send an update, meet an arbitrary deadline, or some other audacious work-related inquiry that even a novice gambler would bet on being ill-timed.
Those emails tend to stop at the first mention of a tree on the roof. That’s the bar to pass, apparently.
From the looks of our inboxes alone, it is clear that a lot of employers do not get what it means to live through and recover from climate disaster, or how to support those of us who are. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that y’all do not care. That’s a bold stance to take as climate change makes it clearer, every waking day, that it’s coming for every single one of us—even those who act like Gmail will survive the rapture.”
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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.