March was Women’s History Month and in honor of that, we offered some sponsorship spots to women content creators on FIRE Drill Podcast.
It was pretty amazing to be supported by three amazing women. I’ll feature them below and recommend you check out their sites and show them some love. I also recommend you read to the end of this post where I share some um, interesting feedback we’ve received on FIRE drill.
But first – other content related to Women’s History Month:
- Angela at Tread Lightly Retire Early produced a post of over 100 women producing personal finance content – Meet the Women of the Financial Independence Movement.
- The Fairer Cents podcast also released a great episode for International Women’s Day on March 8th that went through a bunch of prominent women in history – Bonus episode 3 – International Women’s Day.
Thanks to our Amazing Sponsors
PS – If you want to sponsor an episode of FIRE Drill, email us at [email protected].
Peti Morgan of Leveraged Mama
Peti Morgan is The Leveraged Mama. She helps mamas find financial freedom through conscious, clever and creative money management. You can find her at https://leveragedmama.com.
- Get her FREE debt reduction cheat sheet: leveragedmama.com/firedrill
Olivia at Birds of a FIRE
Olivia is a 25 year old woman who lives in New York City, is a spreadsheet and programming nerd, and saves a whopping 70 percent of her income. She believes everyone should be able to retire early so she created a FREE 20,000+ word financial independence 2 week email course that comes with a super in-depth spreadsheet. My favorite post of hers is about the Me Too Movement.
- You can find her at birdsofafire.com/firedrill.
The Military Dollar writes about military-specific topics such as the Thrift Savings Plan, GI Bill, and military pay. She also covers all things Financial Independence/Retire Early and traveling on the cheap. She was featured on Fire Drill podcast episode 37 as well.
- You can find her at Military Dollar.
2 Facebook Groups you should know about
Angela at Tread Lightly Retire Early also created two Facebook groups for women interested in personal finance (because she’s awesome). I’m in both groups and we have good discussions about many things – both related to women in personal finance and some just finance.
- Women in Finance Facebook Group
- Women in Finance Facebook Group (this second one is for bloggers and podcasters only)
Are young women who talk about finance annoying?
This is a bit random but do any other women personal finance content creators notice that they get different feedback than the guys? I scan relevant Facebook groups every so often to collect feedback on Fire Drill and we’ve been told we’re “annoying” and “gigglers” quite a bit.
We’ve received a lot of positive press too in Facebook groups – thank you all for recommending and sharing FIRE Drill! This is just one common thread that I noticed a few times and figured I’d include in this post. Also thanks again to Military Dollar who had our back in one of the posts I found! XOXO
Here are a few examples:
And another one:
I’ll leave it at these two ..but there were one or two more Facebook comments I found with the same type of comments.
I’m 29-years-old with a successful career and own multiple profitable small businesses yet I’m annoying like a little girl and hearing me talk about personal finance is annoying.
Anyone else find that interesting?
I removed the names and pictures from the above Facebook posts but I want to say that it was both women and men who said we were annoying and had annoying giggles.
Are women’s voices judged more harshly than men?
I’ve written about the subject of policing women’s voices briefly before: Why Woo Girls are More Popular. I also notice that there is another dual-female-hosted personal finance podcast that has received similar feedback to us.
It has led me to think that maybe people find female voices more annoying than male voices.
Here are two articles I found on this subject that are enlightening:
- Why are women’s voices judged more harshly than men?
- Why old men find young women’s voices more annoying
For the Record – I DON’T believe that women are less interested in money than men
While also creeping Facebook groups, I found one thread where two women commented that I said (on the podcast) that women are less interested in managing money than men. My bad.
I definitely don’t believe that women are less interested in managing money than men. In fact, it drives me nuts that women are thought to be “less interested” in both personal finance and technology. I believe it’s total b.s. and it holds women back in both spaces.
I have both a personal finance podcast and blog, and I work in tech so I definitely don’t believe women are less interested and I am extremely passionate about the topic.
My apologies if anything I said on the podcast came across that way. I definitely don’t remember saying that (or atleast it came out wrong or was edited differently than I meant).
I cared more about getting this feedback than being told my giggle was annoying, hence including it here! Sorry, everyone!
And I support stay at home moms !
Someone else also let me know that they interpreted something I said on the podcast to be throwing shade at stay at home moms with me saying the phrase that I don’t want to be “just a stay at home mom.” I remember saying that but it was not what I meant! Sorry!
The context was that we were talking about FIRE bloggers and podcasters saying that they are financially independent when they have income from a spouse who is still working. In that case, many people think that they are not “retired” but a stay at home parent instead.
This is quite a controversial topic in the financial independence blogging space right now, so I was addressing that – not trying to reduce the work of a stay at home mom.
I just read a study that stay at home moms work 2.5x times the equivalent of a full-time job.
I’m actually considering being a stay at home parent myself and I do believe that stay at home parents or people who have working spouses can be financially independent.
I have to be more careful with how I word things because I can totally see how that was taken as reducing the work of stay at home parents. My apologies if I offended anyone!
At the same time, I have to be comfortable with a little scrutiny.
Clearly I feel bad about the last two pieces of feedback I got, but I need to be brave enough to keep putting content out there and keep building my businesses.
I believe that I am actually helping women in personal finance and technology by using my platforms to talk about them, so I have to keep doing it despite scrutiny!
If you don’t put yourself out there in small business (or in life), you won’t get the results you want.
Any thoughts on anything above?
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