Famous financially-savvy women in history seemed like a fun topic for financialwoman.com. As I sat down to research the subject, it occurred to me that there aren’t any women in history well-known for their financial prowess. Women have only been “welcomed” into the financial world in the past few decades.
Now that women are welcome in this world — where we were excluded throughout most of history — are we fully embracing the opportunity to become financial women? If you are embracing this opportunity, then raise your glass to toast yourself in honor of National Women’s History month, as you are changing a pattern that’s been in place throughout history. If you are not embracing the opportunity, take a moment to examine what is holding you back. Then consider what this is saying to the daughters of our generation.
I believe the fact that our mothers were not as involved in the family investing as our fathers has certainly carried over to my generation. Be a role model for the daughters of today to gently lead them to become confident and secure surrounding their wealth management. Legend of our time, Katharine Hepburn, reminds us that we are responsible for being the change we want to see in the world from the quote below. That change is women embracing their financial well being throughout their lives, not when it becomes mandatory due to changes in life’s circumstances.
“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – you can blame anyone but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change, you’re the one who has got to change. It’s as simple as that, isn’t it?” Katharine Hepburn
Be the change. When our daughters sit down to celebrate Women’s History Month, let them have many wonderful women to write about who led them to embrace financial security and well-being. Maybe that person will be their mother, their aunt or their teacher. Perhaps it will be you.