Welcome to another week of the Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays roundup. I started this series after months of debate because I wasn’t certain I wanted to up the ante and commit to publishing three posts a week. However, now that I’ve started sharing these posts, I’m so glad I started.
There are so many fabulous women writing about personal finance online, and yet there is still 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 my way of doing a small part to change that perception. There are 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.
The hardest part of this post every week always is narrowing it down to my favorites, because there is just so much good content out there. If you’re ever interested in what else I’m reading, I share quite a few other posts on Twitter (and that’s also where I read most of the content to begin with these days).
Our Women’s Personal Finance Facebook group 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, I will be continuing this series every week to showcase some of the best of the new content I read. If you ever read a post you think I absolutely need to consider for this roundup, please let me know! I am always open to reading new blogs (and posts of blogs I do know, because I miss some).
Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 40
1. Leaving Home before 18: A Practical Guide for Cast-Offs, Runaways, and Everybody in Between Bitches Get Riches
Happy Pride Month! I so wish that this post wasn’t necessary, but it is, especially for LGBT youth, as well as too many others. I grew up playing softball, and many of my teammates have come out over the years. The responses from their families have been so varied, from complete acceptance to complete rejection and disgust. And every stage in between.
While I am hopeful for a future where much less of this is needed, there will always be young people who feel unsafe, unloved, and unwanted in their homes, for myriad reasons. This post is for them. And while they may not get it from their family as they should, I want to show love and affirmation in every way I can. You are loved. You are wanted. You matter. By more than you will ever know.
2. I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams Their Money Goals
I have to admit, Juneteenth is not a date that was in my vocabulary growing up. I’m not sure I even heard it before I was an adult and out of college. I consider that a failing of my education, and an example of how far we have yet to come. The internet isn’t always good, but it can be a disseminator of information like no source before it was able to do.
Happy Juneteenth. We have maybe come a long way since that day recorded in history, but it’s naive and privileged to think that we’ve come so far that the events of our past have no bearing on our present. Go read this post, and then keep paying attention. Rho, you are your ancestor’s wildest dreams, and they would be so proud of you.
3. Why We Won’t Front College Ed For Our Kid Kassandra Dasent
Perhaps if more parents saw fully funding their children’s education as a bonus and not an absolute requirement, they would be more inclined to take care of their own retirement first. There are so many ways you can help your child succeed, and a paid for college education is not the end all answer here.
The very best gift you can give your child as they grow is a fully funded retirement. Not the freedom from student loan debt, but the freedom from having to worry about you financially in your old age. We need more stories like these to make it understood that it’s not just okay but better to take care of yourself first.
I hope you enjoy the posts this week as much as I did. I read a ton of content and it was hard to narrow down my favorites. I’m looking forward to sharing some new ones with you again next week!
As always, if you’re looking for a categorized list of self identified women writing and speaking about personal finance, here is my comprehensive guide to the Women of the Financial Independence Community.