A discussion about finances in books celebrating a woman’s worth may appear to put so much emphasis on monetary solvency that one could argue in favor of the money-equals-worth equation. But I sincerely hope you don’t reach this conclusion, because that is not the intent. Money doesn’t buy you worth any more than it can buy you love. However, you would be wise to recognize that one’s personal bank account–your money in the bank, gives you options that you don’t have without it–freedom, autonomy, independence and personal power. Please use the following questions to think about where you are in your path to financial independence.
- Am I dependent upon others for my livelihood? What can I do to buck-up my own financial security?
- Am I comfortable with the salary I’m receiving? If not, when will I ask for a raise?
- What can I do to feel more in control of my finances?
- Was your mom a stay-at-home mom, or did she also work outside the home?
- Do you think that men and women should share household duties equally?
- Did your teacher usually ask boys to answer the math questions?
- Were you encouraged to study medicine, science or engineering?
- Did you grow up planning to pursue a career in addition to having a family, or were you raised to think the two were mutually exclusive?
- Were you taught to handle your own finances, or was this always controlled by someone else?
- What compensation do I receive for the work I do at home? Is it equitable? If not, what would I change?
- Do you and your spouse/partner place an appropriate value on your contributions?
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