Girls vs. Boys

American girls are at a financial disadvantage compared to boys. Sound strange, doesn’t it? But think about it. Think of everything we know about men, women, and money in this country. Let’s start backwards chronologically: Women are twice as likely to end up in poverty in retirement, compared to men. While still working, women earn 78 cents …


Moms and Money

With all the fall TV premieres out this week, did you happen to catch the US Department of Labor’s new video advocating paid maternity leave? It’s pretty compelling — comparing a pregnant American woman with no paid maternity leave, to a pregnant German women who has 14 weeks paid leave. The video goes on to point out …


5 Keys to Speaking Your Worth

How do you speak your worth? We have talked many times in this space about the serious challenges women face with pay equity, and the damage lower incomes have for them and their families throughout their lives. From the first salary onward, salary negotiations are a critical skill for women of all ages. Different views …


Salary Negotiations — Where To Start

One of the best ways to learn how to manage money effectively is to actually have it and manage it. Often we learn this hard lesson as a adults, when there is more to lose. Ideally, teenagers get the opportunity to earn and manage money, and get their financial chops while the financial stakes are …


Women, Money, and the “Brogrammer”

Big news this week — Megan Smith, an executive at Google, was named the first female Chief Technology Officer of the United States. This news follows on the heels of the summer announcement of the first-ever woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University. The previous 52 winners of the …


More Money Fun

Summer is quickly winding down, and school has already started for some. Over the past six weeks, we had a great time with our Summer$Fun boot camp with activities posted to our Facebook page. The user-friendly activities were designed to help teenaged girls learn how to lead a life of financial independence and success, on …


5 Keys to Smart Investing

Investing is not an area where many people feel comfortable, confident, or knowledgeable. Studies show women can lack confidence with investing. But as we have discussed in this space, smart investing can be an effective way to build wealth if the right factors are in place, and this is particularly important for women who continue to under-earn …


Invest Early and Often!

Let’s be clear — investing is no guarantee of making money. No matter how good your research is, how smart your expert is, or how lucky you think you might be, investing always contains an element of risk. Markets are unpredictable — it’s that simple. However, there are ways to manage that unpredictability, or risk …


Other People’s Money

OPM — Other People’s Money. What we’re talking about here is debt. Debt is incurred when you use money that is not your own — it might be a loan from the bank, a credit card balance, a loan for a car or a house, or any other kind of borrowed money. While debt, or …


What Are You Inheriting?

Families are funny, and money is confusing, and when you put the two together, things can get a little weird! We learn a lot about money from our families — inheriting information and behaviors — whether it’s subliminal or intentional. When I teach classes for teenaged girls, I often start by asking them to share about their family …

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