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 50
1. Yes, The Wage Gap Exists Maggie Germano
Someday, hopefully, these kinds of blog posts won’t need to exist. But for now, they do, much because of people like the young man in Maggie’s story who blatantly refuses to listen to data cited or be willing to look the information up himself. The problem with the internet is that while there is a whole wealth of information out there, even more untrue or highly slanted facts are there to find as well. The confirmation bias is real.
That said, it DOES help to be able to quote real, solid facts when conversations come up. It’s harder to refute someone when they have real numbers, and when someone ignores reality even at that point, then you’ve done all you can do and they will always willfully ignore the facts in order to continue in the belief they want to have. Unfortunately, I have no good answer or advice there.
2. This Just Hit Me All Options Considered
Alison has been retired for a year and a half now, while she and her wife Ali slowly traverse the globe. It’s taken eighteen months for the stress that lived within her during all those years of work to slowly melt away.
Clearly, I can’t speak to what that life is like as I’m in the middle of work and small child and busy, but she does such a fabulous job explaining the switch inside her, and it sounds lovely.
3. Watching “Playing With FIRE” As A Single Person Along The Camel Ride
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the documentary “Playing with FIRE” is about a family ditching their trappings of a normal life and exploring what it could look like to put their money in line with what they ultimately value.
I love sharing stories different from my own, because we all have such different experiences, and as someone who has been married since the age of twenty one, the single path to FI is something I’m aware of but can’t relate to myself. Katie writes eloquently on the frustration of reading and watching so many stories of married couples that don’t mirror her own. While there is a lot of advice that’s applicable to most stories, there is certainly a different layer when considering the single path, both good and bad.
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.