Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 73
1. Never Enjoy Anything Ever Partners in Fire
There are certain personal finance experts/gurus that talk about the deprivation that you need to put yourself through in order to reach debt freedom. While debt freedom is great and all, life is more than that, and I absolutely hate that advice.
Melanie tackles this unhealthy advice head-on, and I love her for it, especially the fact that she discusses the structural parts of life that make it much harder for some to get out of debt than others. Putting everything down to mindset and “wanting it bad enough” isn’t the discussion we should be having. Yes, let’s celebrate people taking control of their financial lives and getting debt free, but let’s not celebrate it to the detriment to every other part of life.
2. Saving for Retirement: Interview #2 Baby Boomer Super Saver
This post is from back in November, but I only read it this month, so I’m including it in this roundup. While I try and curate really recent content on Wednesdays, I sometimes find posts that got by me the first time and know I want to share them regardless. This is one of those (especially because it’s a series).
Kathy highlighted this post for me to read when I tweeted that I would read – and comment – on any blog posts people shared in the thread that day. I’m so glad she did, because it’s a great idea for a series, and it reminds me of The 76k Project’s Finances Over 40 series. Personal stories of women over forty – and especially those who started saving for retirement late – are so, so important. If we are going to reach the women who feel they are behind (or too late) and convince them otherwise, then having stories they can relate to is vital.
3. Microaggressions And Giving Up On My Favorite Company A Purple Life
I can’t speak to the microaggressions that Purple has faced at her company, which is exactly why this post is so important for me to share. I’m so frustrated and disappointed for her, but not surprised. If you listen to people of color, this kind of thing is still rampant in our society, as much as we might like to pretend it doesn’t.
The part that really hit me was the question about how many people of color the company had hired. I hadn’t considered that on its own, but perhaps I should have. I’m often the one or one of the few women in many meetings and board rooms, and you notice. This post has me pondering the company I work at as well, and how we can be more proactively welcoming rather than simply not negative.