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Helping Women Succeed

One of my missions in life is to help women better understand their finances. Many women I speak with have no idea what assets they have or what debt load they are carrying. Their finances have been so intertwined with their spouses for so long, or their spouse has handled financial business for so long, that they simply don’t know what is what.

You can and should know the basics of your financial picture. Whether you’ve been purposely kept in the dark by a spouse, or simply haven’t taken the time to learn, now is the time to get interested. Whether you are getting divorced or not, it’s your right and your duty to yourself to know and understand your complete Financial Portrait.

Financial knowledge is your right. You have a right to know about any asset acquired during your marriage. You also need to know if there is something negative out there that may affect you in the future. Once you have that, the next steps are easier and not as scary.

Why do I want to help women succeed financially? I've been there myself! There are many reasons I am passionate about helping women get their money right.

Wage Gap

On average, American women make 79 cents on the dollar compared to men for the same work. Did you know that it’s even worse for women of color? To add insult to injury, fields dominated by women typically pay less than fields dominated by men

Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is when an individual mentally internalizes and doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud". Women often believe they are less qualified for jobs, often asking or settling for less money. They may not try for that promotion or raise because they feel like they don’t deserve it. This results in money left on the table, which follows women throughout their entire career.

Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse

Financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic violence cases. It keeps victims trapped in abusive relationships. Financial empowerment is the key to helping victims break free. Some abusers use money as a way to control their victim; they either don’t let them have any access to the money, or they closely monitor spending. Many women have difficulty leaving their abuser because they don’t have the money to support themselves or their children. For more information about financial abuse, visit the NNEDV.