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.
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 109
- Dudebro Culture Ruined Personal Finance (and Everything Else) Money After Graduation
“The kindest dudebros are simply sweetly oblivious to the reality that they had a clear, unobstructed runway to success that required them to do absolutely nothing else but put one foot in front of the other.
The cruelest dudebros cry that people with debt are lazy, count their wife’s salary as a secondary income for themselves, and sneer at anyone who “wastes” money on frivolities like takeout coffee.
Simply put, PF Dudebros are here to make you feel bad about yourself.”
Well, with a title like that, I couldn’t not read this post. If you’ve been in the personal finance space for any amount of time, I’m certain you’ve run into these Dudebros. While so much of the community is fabulous, these guys have had way too much time in the spotlight, and this post makes light of something that is entirely too pervasive. Clearly, the personal finance space doesn’t get a monopoly on the dudebro culture, as it is around basically everywhere.
2. Back on the Job Hunt – But Here’s What’s Different This Time The 76K Project
“This time, I’m not settling. Give me something I can sink my teeth into. Pay me fairly. Trust me to do what you hired me to do. Let me work with other smart and driven people. Give me some flexibility so that I can deal with my health stuff. In return, I’ll throw myself into the work and add value to your organization. I WILL HERD YOUR CATTLE BETTER THAN ANYONE HAS EVER HERDED YOUR CATTLE.
I don’t know if that’s possible anymore, but I hope it is.”
I’ve watched 76K’s job situation evolve over the years, and this post makes me so dang proud and fired up for her. Yes, the endless jobhunting is rough – and seriously employers need to do a better job about the hiring process – but seeing her in this place of knowing her worth and what she wants from a job makes my heart happy. One of these jobs will be it, I just know it. Because seriously, I don’t know how someone hasn’t already snapped her up.
3. A rambling post about loss, anger and pandemic burnout I Pick Up Pennies
“I’m so tired, guys. Because we keep being told the worst is still to come. And while the Pfizer news is promising, we’ve got a third trial phase to go, then review by the FDA (expedited, but still…) and then hopefully trusted scientists also weighing in. And then we still have to figure out how to get enough people to take the damn thing.
So when people say that folks are just burned out… To an extent, I get it. But to a greater extent, I say “Too goddamn bad.”
It’s perfectly okay to be emotionally fatigued. But it’s not okay to use that as an excuse to get overly lax. Sorry, but we don’t get the luxury of burnout — not if it means risks that put others at risk.”
As I put this post together, I checked in with my family as we got news earlier this week that my grandmother’s cousin is in the hospital dying of COVID. Her last remaining age peer from her childhood. The woman whose name is the middle name of both my aunt and my sister. I’ve never met her, but I’ve heard so many stories of her growing up from my grandmother. And this morning, they talked via FaceTime for what is likely the last time. I’m heartbroken. We’re eight months into this thing, and so many people are selfish and awful and so many people are dying for it. So many more than should. And families are having to say goodbye via a screen.
And Abby, I am so, so sorry for your loss. It shouldn’t be this way.
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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