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Song "Women of Today" by Faith Rivera & Beth Eichel, performed by Faith Rivera.

The Understated Importance of Teaching Girls How to Be Financially Literate

on Saturday, 31 August 2013.


The tradition of women staying at home while their husbands go out and work is one that today's female leaders and workers are reinventing and defying. However, as a recent blog post written by Robin Patinkin for the Huffington Post states, many women are still not confident in their knowledge of and proficiency managing their finances. Balancing checkbooks and paying bills are still tasks that carry a male-dominated connotation, despite that a growing number of women are either the breadwinners or contribute to their household income. 

"Born in the "peak" year of the baby boom, money was the taboo conversation in our family and still is for many. Parents are more willing to discuss sex and drugs with their children than money. I was cared for by my father not realizing he built up credit card debt to buy me clothes, struggled to cover my college tuition and like his parents made many bad investment decisions. I am financially literate through self-motivated education, experience, mistakes, professional advice good and bad -- not because of my upbringing. As so many women of my generation say, "If I only knew then what I know now," Patinkin, a CFA and CFP at Cedar Hills Associates, LLC states in her post.

Read the rest of Patinkin's blog by clicking here, and tell us your thoughts below!

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