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 101
1. How to Balance Work & Family As A Working Mom during COVID Frugal Asian Finance
Being a “working mom” at the best of time is a juggling act. Men aren’t ever called “working dads,” and while they are definitely also struggling with childcare and work during this pandemic, things are disproportionately harder on women with children at home.
I feel these struggles acutely, and I know my friends who are mothers do also. There is no solution here, but it does help a little knowing we aren’t alone in this. But no, this isn’t enough, and it makes me so angry that Covid is going to push the wage and earning gap even further in the wrong direction. Because you know who is mostly ending up working less (or not at all) because of this extra stress? Women.
2. What It’s Really Like When Your Parent Has Alzheimer’s Disease Cameron Huddleston
“The real wake-up call that my mom could no longer be left alone at all was when I got a call from my uncle telling me my mom had asked him how to wire money. I rushed over to her house and discovered that a scammer had been calling her and telling her she had to wire hundreds of dollars to claim a large cash prize.”
This was a heartbreaking read. When we talk in Women’s Personal Finance that life is related to money, this is what we mean. Finances bleed into every part of our lives, and health diagnoses are part of that.
3. Job Scams Suck. Don’t Fall Prey to Them. We Want Guac
With so many out of work right now, this post is an important one.
“I’ve got a confession to make: during my Year of Fear I went to interviews for two different job scams myself. Yes, me. This was around the time I was graduating college without a job lined up, and I was very scared of a future where I couldn’t actually support myself. So, I went to go meet with people at companies that seemed super shady but, hey, I needed a job.”
When you’re struggling, and scared, suddenly it’s easier to get sucked into offers that sound like a way out, when they’re anything but. If you, or anyone in your life, is out job hunting, especially in a precarious financial situation, send them this post to read.
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.
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