Much has been written about women and money over the years. Of course, some of it is not worth repeating. However, there are some great inspiring quotes out there that I like to keep in mind. Here are some of my favorites.
“Give a woman a dollar, and she can put it to good use.
Teach her about how money really works, and she can change the world.” – Linda Davis Taylor
This quote is all about how important it is not to just to earn money but also to understand how money works. As women, we often aren’t encouraged by society to really learn about our money. However, it’s critical that we do so. Knowledge is power.
“We do not have to spend money and go hungry and struggle and study to become sensual; we always were.” – Naomi Wolf
This quote is such a great reminder about how often we spend money that we don’t need to spend in order to strive towards some beauty ideal that we can never possibly attain. A ridiculous amount of money is spent marketing to women to get us to spend on serums, makeup, hair removal supplies, body toners, etc. etc. etc. It’s important to remember, as often as we can, that we are worthy just the way we are.
“When money flows into the hands of women, who have the authority to use it, everything changes
— for women, their families, and their communities.” – Melinda Gates
Obviously, people of any gender can use money positively or negatively, selfishly or generously. However, because of women’s unique history with financial inequity, we often see things change when women gain access to money. I love buying from women artists and women-owned businesses in part for this reason. Keeping this in mind keeps me aligned with those values when I shop.
“I was an adventurer, but she was not an adventuress. She was a ‘wanderess.’
Thus, she didn’t care about money, only experiences – whether they came from wealth or from poverty, it was all the same to her.” ―
I’m actually ore of an adventuress by this definition. However, I like to review this quote because it reminds me that money isn’t what buys experiences. Money offers us many things, namely certain freedoms. However, we can have rich experiences without spending a cent.
“For women, financial independence is a matter of necessity.” – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
I have seen this same sentiment phrased in a variety of different ways. This is a nice succinct way of putting it. It’s a reminder that financial independence gives us choice, freedom, and opportunity. If we want to live full lives, then it’s a necessary component. And, of course, we want to live full lives. Although that’s a succinct way of phrasing it, here are some other quotes with the same sentiment:
- “I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show.” – Beyonce
- “A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” – Clare Booth Luce\
- “Financial independence is paramount. My mom always says that when a woman is financially independent, she has the ability to live life on her own terms.” – Priyanka Chopra Jonas
- “Liberty for a woman comes from the ability to make financial decisions for her life.” – Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud
- And, of course, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” – Virginia Woolf
Of course, it’s important for all people to have access to money regardless of gender. However, these quotes reflect the historic and ongoing financial inequity women face.
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Kathryn Vercillo is a professional writer who loves to live a balanced life. She appreciates a good work-life balance. She enjoys balance in her relationships and has worked hard to learn how to balance her finances to allow for a balanced life overall. Although she’s only blonde some of the time, she’s always striving for total balance. She’s excited to share what she’s learned with you and to discover more together along the way. Learn more about her at www.kathrynvercillo.com.