Now updated: the classic guide that teaches women how to take control of their own finances
When this groundbreaking yet compassionate book was first published ten years ago, it lifted a veil on women's resistance to managing their money, revealing that many were still waiting for a prince to rescue them financially. In this revised edition, which reflects our present-day economic world, Barbara Stanny inspires readers to take charge of their money and their lives. Filled with real-life success stories and practical advice - from tips on identifying the factors that keep women fearful and dependent to checklists and steps for overcoming them - this book is the next best thing to having one's own financial coach.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.03(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.62(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Barbara Stanny is a journalist, former syndicated columnist, career counselor, and co-author of two books, including How to Be Happily Employed. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and lives in Washington state.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Revised Edition ix
The Problem 1
The Guide Makes the Journey 3
If I'm Smart, Why Am I So Dumb About Money? 19
The Process 39
Realization #1: No One Will Do This for Me 41
Realization #2: Learning Follows a Curve 59
Realization #3: All the Answers Aren't Out There 83
Realization #4: There Are No Secrets 103
Realization #5: Risk Is Not a Synonym for Loss 123
Realization #6: I Don't Have to Do This Alone 145
The Power 171
The Financially Savvy Woman 173
Realization #7: I Can Make a Difference 189
Resource Guide 207
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow, this was an eye-opener for me. I pulled this book off the library shelf because I liked the title, read it and then bought it. This is a marvelous book about one woman's trials with money (having tons she ignored and then lost to a husband that was doing foolish things with it). Through her own journey to get smart about money on many levels, she examines the reasons, both personal and social, that she had a mental block around dealing with the financial aspects of life. She noticed that most women seem to have a similar blindspot and this book encourages every woman to truly get smart about our financial system. Leaving it up to "the man" only makes women vulnerable (and often irresponsible) when there is no need to be.
Although I didn't expect the whole book to be about investing rather than other financial issues, I completely enjoyed reading this book. But you don't have to understand Wall Street to understand her message. The book is about gaining back your power. She uses money as the medium but I have definitely felt more in control of other parts of my life from reading this book. You don't have to wait for "Prince Charming" to help you, whoever or whatever that may be. She goes through 7 "realizations" that she saw in successful women and gives simple steps on how to take action on them (in a fiscal manner). I highly recommend Prince Charming Isn't Coming, whether you think you have money problems or not!
When social independence relies upon economic independence, the need for such a book is clear. Unfortunately, in a real world of gender and age discrimination where the double standard has all but been made the ideal, economic independence for women is still an illusion. In an equitable world where the work of both men and women are valued equally, women would not be reduced to poverty unless they were an adjunct to a man. To achieve that world, however, much work needs to be done to alter attitudes which continue to create an unfair preference for female submission in relationships. This book offers a 'beginning' to deal with the inequities by making awareness an important feature in practical management of individual lives that may offer some measure of both economic and social independence for both. Now, if corporate America could get the message, successful human resource management might be the outcome which offers hope to escape poverty.