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I believe in women.
I believe money is power and that a society that continues to treat women as financially irresponsible spendthrifts holds the world back.
I believe the fact that women are 80% more likely to live in poverty in retirement is scary, but that we can not allow fear to stop us from learning, saving, and improving.
I believe women are fantastic business owners. I believe women bring a unique perspective to business that men can not just fabricate with focus groups. And I believe that perspective shows up in returns.
I believe that women are better investors than men. But that our skill only counts when we trust ourselves to play the game.
I believe that the choice to have a career, run a business, or be a stay-at-home mom should be entirely a woman's personal decision. But I also believe that allowing your spouse to completely manage your finances is irresponsible.
I believe that debt is smothering our freedom and that we can't achieve our full potential until we release ourselves from its chains.
I believe money isn't something that would be nice to know more about, but something we have to know more about.
I believe that knowledge is the first step in embracing our financial power.
Today is International Women’s Day. A celebration of all the incredible achievements of women around the world. But, also, a day to reflect on the gender gaps that still exist. A day to shine a light on where we can be better.
In honor of today, I wanted to put together the loudest call to action I could muster about the many financial gender gaps that still exist in the U.S. and around the world today.
It makes me so mad that women have only one-third saved for retirement than men. Or that we carry two-thirds of the total student loan balance. Or that while we control over 40% of U.S. businesses, we get less than 5% of the funding.
So, I put the word out where all movements start nowadays, on Twitter. And the fabulous, financially enlightened female money bloggers took up the call in a way that frankly took my breath away.
#WomenRockMoney is born!
Today, over 40 of my fellow women have written or recorded their own scream from the mountain tops financial advice for women. Together we hope to inspire more women to learn about money and embrace the significant role it has in our lives.
But it doesn't end here.
With #WomenRockMoney, I am creating a free, safe place for women to learn about money. In a closed community on Facebook, women can join to hear regular live events on important money topics, get their questions answered, have a little fun and find support as they chase their goals.
Ladies, I hope to see you there! It it time for us to take control of our financial destinies.
What do you think we can do to close the gender gaps in wealth and business? Share your ideas in the comments so we can all get to work!