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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Power often rests with the person who ‘holds the purse strings.’ Sometimes women have this power and sometimes they do not. Either way, women manage to persevere even when their access to opportunities and capital has been restricted. We’ll be looking at extraordinary women this month and discussing ways women can empower themselves and  exercise greater control over their financial futures. The theme for Women’s History Month this year is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.

When we look at women who changed history, it is easy to think that what we do matters little but that is not true. The things you do within your own sphere of influence have a ripple effect and affect the world, whether you make headlines or not.  And when you consider how women have often been erased from history, you’ll know that they women untold numbers of women didn’t get get credited for their contributions to society but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have an impact.

Romper discusses things you can do to celebrate Women’s History Month. They rounded up  practical suggestions from Bustle and other places, including: “…writing a letter to a woman who has inspired you; watching speeches from this year’s Women’s March…learning more about an historical woman; donating to a women’s organization such as NOW; or buying menstrual supplies for a women’s shelter.”

Magnify Money offers a list of “31 Financial Role Models to Honor This Women’s History Month”  You can read up on the lives of these women yourself and possibly share this information with the young people in your life so they can see women working  and persevering in finance. Some of these women work in finance and others, such as Abigail Adams, found ways to excel without official job titles.

And remember, one of the best ways for a woman to secure her financial future is to plan for it. Financial planning can make a difference at all income levels.