It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing these Women’s Personal Finance Wednesday Roundups for an entire year now. I might have initially fallen into the Women’s Personal Finance niche mostly by accident, but I’m loving it here. One year, 52 weeks, of these posts down. Here’s to year two. I can’t wait to see what it brings, but it’s going to be good. Here goes the last roundup of year one:
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).
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Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 52
1. The Real Financial Cost Of My Partner’s Transition The Financial Diet
I can’t remember who shared this article with me initially, but I’m so glad they did. I was aware of some of these costs, but they were definitely higher and more varied than I would have guessed. Hannah does a wonderful job telling the story of their spending diary around her partner’s transition, while acknowledging the privilege the two of them also had along the way.
I hope we will continue to see more of these types of stories written, because unless we talk about them, we don’t know what things really cost. While the mental and emotional cost is talked about more frequently in terms of transgender issues, I love that this article tackles the financial bit. While money is clearly not everything, it’s an integral part of everyday life, and we should talk about it as such.
2. The Loudest Silence: How to Pinpoint Where You’re Settling in Order to Improve Your Life Missfunctional Money
I love the way this post begins with a an analogy of a hurricane and the wind. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day cycle of life and not pay attention to the little stuff, especially when the wind is blowing so loudly.
After reading this post, I think I’m going to make her questions into an exercise that I can walk through for my own life. Really, this would be good practice to do every year or so to reflect on how things are really going and how I want them to go.
3. Sexual Terror and How it Costs Women The Dumpster Dog Blog
I don’t have words for this one. Just go read it.
4. Bonus: Living on $2 a Day (w/ Kathryn Edin) Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn
“It is not a victim mentality if you are actively being victimized.”
I’ve never included other media in this roundup before, just blog posts, but since is the year anniversary of this series, I wanted to do something a little different. Thanks to Stephonee and The 76K Project, I finally got around to listening to Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn.
I may have started with this episode, but how I’m hooked and am currently binging my way through all of her content. I usually listen to financial independence related podcasts, so this one feels so fresh and different. She doesn’t pull punches, and she talks about the systemic issues about money, and from the perspective of someone who’s just learning along as she goes.
This was the perfect episode to begin with, and it is so, so good. I will now be requesting the associated book with the same name from the library and reading it as soon as I can. If you’ve read it, please let me know what you thought.
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.
14 thoughts on “One Year Of Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays: Week 52 Roundup”
I’m so excited to see Gaby Dunn on here! Her honesty with her struggles around money—both understanding and ethically earning it—are refreshing to hear about.
Refreshing is definitely the right word. I’m loving it.
i’m pals with a person getting ready to transition and it’s pretty tough with some of the family members. i don’t know the couple well but i hang out with then in the neighborhood while they play with my dog. it’s even tougher as they’re not young people (60ish?).
i read about what we settle on and being a time snob. i’m absolutely a time snob and especially in my own house. i told someone else the other day about it being a sacrosanct place. you must not hassle me in my house and i promise not to come to your place and hassle you. discussion is surely allowed but i know the difference and usually have mrs. smidlap handle any violations of that policy because i would burn that bridge right to the ground. you gotta guard what’s important.
I wonder if it is harder when you’re older vs younger? In some ways, maybe you have fewer concerns about what other people think? Though in that case, maybe that isn’t true.
they’re real open and honest people with me (without me asking) and the other non-trans half has trouble with her adult daughters accepting the transition. they’re people of color so there might be cultural stuff that’s different from our lives too. i can only guess and try and be a nice neighbor.
If you want to follow people who discuss trans issues really well, I’d recommend (Twitter handles) @MavenOfMayhem and @hippypastorwife
Happy one year on this series! I really love it and share lots of the stuff I “discover” here on my FB page.
Thank you so much! Glad to hear it 🙂
Thanks for the heavy lifting all year long, Angela!
Ha, thanks friend!
1 year of these! Rad. Amazing that you have kept it up …. that and your 3 posts a week. I appreciate the content you share because I then read a few other blogs (and now a podcast) I wouldn’t because I put a limit on my computer time. You do a great job curating so that I can just hone in on stuff that makes me think. Cheers Angela! Thanks again for compiling this.
Glad it helps you! And it’s easy to get the motivation to keep posting these when I get such fabulous feedback 🙂
Good stuff. I love the concept and good on you for doing this for a whole year! I’ll definitely be checking out future posts and adding to my subscription of bloggers as a result. Thank you!
Thank you! I’ve loved doing it.