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Does having an income automatically make women financially independent? Do they take their own financial decisions or do they still rely on the man of the family, be it a father, husband or brother?
If you are lover of the chick-lit genre, chances are you have read the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. This series of books revolves around a woman, Rebecca Bloomwood, who is a financial journalist but never practices what she preaches and is a compulsive shopper. In short, the only thing she does with money is to spend it. No matter how much one enjoys reading this light-hearted book, it’s time we stop looking at women as incapable of handling their own money.
Noted Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in one of her books, talks about the idea of Feminism Lite( which she advises us to reject entirely). According to her, Feminism Lite uses analogies like, ‘he is the head and you are the neck’ ‘he is driving but you are in the front seat’ and in general uses the language of ‘allowing’. Women, for generations, had been conditioned to give away financial control to the ‘head’ of the family.
Of course, times have changed. Though working women are no more a rarity, are women really financially independent? Does having an income automatically make them financially independent? Do they take their own financial decisions or do they still rely on the man of the family, be it a father, husband or brother? Is money a topic of discussion amongst women during a coffee break? How much money should one save?
Here are five enterprising women who are financially independent discussing their financial attitude, what it takes to be financially independent and their take on the six-month reserve funds. It is about time we take charge and feel truly empowered. Watch this episode of The Prathibha Sastry show to know more!
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