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 #16 (Actually, 153)
1. I Now Make More Money Than My Husband, and It’s Great for Our Marriage Bitches Get Riches
“Despite all the strides women have made in closing the education and employment gaps, gendered expectations on providing haven’t budged. They even influence same-sex couples, who tend to ascribe traditionally “masculine” expectations upon whichever parter displays more traditionally “masculine” traits.
And yet they persist.”
2. This Is The Price Women Pay For Wanting More Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez
“these negative perceptions and penalties can translate into real costs, “I’ve also talked to three other women that said, ‘Yes, this happened to me. I tried to negotiate and the company either ghosted me or rescinded the offer.’ And we’re still getting told, ‘Just ask, just ask.’”
I CALL THIS PARADOX THE AMBITION PENALTY: THE SOCIAL, PROFESSIONAL AND FINANCIAL COSTS WOMEN FACE WHEN ASKING FOR MORE.”
3. Guiltless Summer Modest Millionaires
“Turns out that my plans for a guiltless summer had backfired. Guilt was very present for me during those weeks. There was guilt for not creating content and more guilt for wasting that time instead of spending it with my family.
It felt like I was sailing upwind, struggling to adjust the sails to get to a point I had set in my mind. It’s not that it was impossible to get there, it’s just that the conditions weren’t exactly ideal to get there comfortably at that exact moment and season in my life.”
4. How do you know you’re rich? A Gai Shan Life
“In 2003, I couldn’t afford a single financial slip. I juggled expenses like hot potatoes and any single tiny mistake reverberated for months. I still remember the domino effect that was set off because my dad cashed a $50 check several months after I had written it. It had been so long that I forgot to keep carrying that deduction down the check register, and it overdrew my account. I had pit of my stomach anxiety and heartburn for WEEKS after.
Last week, PiC picked up an extra large can of tomatoes at the produce shop, and when he checked out, he forgot to put it on the belt so before they left, he paid for it separately. Then when he got home, he realized that the cashier hadn’t bothered to tell him that she had already charged him that $2.59 at the top of the receipt. Her dishonesty REALLY annoyed me, but we aren’t hurt by it.”
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