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Best Personal Finance Books for Women
We have a saying here at Her First $100K that personal finance is personal. Everyone’s financial situation is a little different, and your best tools for managing money might look slightly different than mine.
However, when it comes to finances, the fact is that women are often behind the curve–– whether that’s the result of the gender pay gap, the wealth gap, lack of financial education, or other outside factors. So when you’re exploring the world of financial advice, it’s best to read books and articles from women who know exactly how to navigate the world you’re already living in.
Summer may be coming to a close, but there’s plenty of time to squeeze in a few more beach reads (especially ones that help you become a financial badass). Here are a few of my favorite financial books from female authors.
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Erin Lowry was one of the first Millennial finance creators, and her book is the perfect primer for the Millennial (or Gen-Z) who has no idea where to start. Broke Millennial walks you through a step-by-step guide on getting your financial shit together, from starting your emergency fund to investing.
I love Erin’s commitment to non-judgemental advice (no “finger-wagging,” as she says on her blog) and her straightforward communication style. Her follow-up books “Broke Millennial Takes on Investing” and “Broke Millennial Talks Money” are also well worth the read.
Grab your copy of any of the Broke Millennial books on Erin’s website!
Where to find Erin
You may know Tiffany better as the Budgetnista, and if you’re a fan of my podcast, the Financial Feminist, you’ll recognize her name instantly.
Tiffany is a woman on a mission to educate other women and make fundamental changes in policy in the US, specifically for BIPOC. Her book, Get Good with Money, was released this past spring and became an instant best-seller.
Tiffany is incredibly relatable, funny, and down-to-earth. The book is part practical knowledge and a call to introspection. I especially love how she helps you create a plan for not only your future but for your loved ones.
Grab your copy of Get Good with Money on Tiffany’s website.
Where to Find Tiffany
If you’re in the journalism world, you probably already know who Kristin Wong is. She’s the researcher and writer behind NPR’s Hidden Brain and has written for some of the top magazines and news sources (NYT, Elle, Refinery29, just to name a few).
Like every great personal finance book, Kristin weaves humor and heart with practicality. In Get Money, you’ll learn how to budget, pay off debt, negotiate, invest, and more!
Hachette calls it the “gamified guide to managing your money” –– and I’m so here for making a stressful subject way more fun.
Grab your copy of Kristin Wong’s “Get Money” on her website.
Where to find Kristin
Gaby Dunn is a writer, actor, and podcast host of “Bad with Money” (if you’re a long-time Buzzfeeder, you probably already know them). Gaby is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and we love having them on this list in part because of their unique insight into personal finance for this community.
Dunn expertly (and comedically) tackles the taboo subject of money, helping Millenial and Gen-Z feel more comfortable with these occasionally uncomfortable conversations. If you want to take control of your money and laugh out loud along the way, pick up your copy of Bad with Money at your favorite book store.
Where to find Gaby
Podcast: Bad with Money
I couldn’t finish out this list without including at least one FI/RE (Financially Independent/Retiring Early) creator! Tanja Hester retired at the age of 38 after watching her father be forced to retire from a disability, of which she has also been diagnosed.
There are so few resources for the disability community, and Tanja’s book focuses heavily on providing advice that serves them (though you’ll get plenty out of this even if you are not a part of the disability community).
Tanja’s next book (hitting shelves in November 2021), “Wallet Activism,” is a guide for using your money to create change in the world. I’m thrilled that she’s tackling this subject because here at Her First $100K, we are big fans of “voting” with your dollars.
Grab your copy of Work Optional on Tonja’s website!
Where to find Tonja
This is only a small sampling of personal finance books for women–– and very soon, my own name and upcoming book will be added to that list…more on that soon! Make sure to check out these authors and support their work!
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