International Women’s Day (March 8) is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” IWD was first celebrated in the early 1900’s, and since that time much has improved for women.
However, an “unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.” ~ ISD
Each year the number of voices working to “ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding” keeps growing. And this year I’m adding my voice too.
This post is part of the #WomenRockMoney Movement, a large group of female personal finance bloggers who have come together to inspire more women to learn about money. If you have money questions or want support for your financial goals, learn more about how you can join us at the movement homepage.
Many women today aren’t confident about their financial choices in life according to the Allianz Women, Money, and Power® Study. Almost 70% of women report to being financially secure, yet many claim to feel unsure about the actual financial decisions they make. And over 60% desire more confidence in their decision-making abilities when it comes to everyday finances, financial planning, and investing.
“No one is born with supreme self-confidence. It’s learned.”
Wherever you are on your financial journey, I’d like to inspire you to elevate to the next level. Whether that’s getting out of debt, learning more about financial planning, opening your first investment account, or starting your own business, you can change your future. You just need to believe you can.
First Step to Success, Believe in Yourself
I’ve owned two businesses, went back to school as an adult, paid off over $90k in debt, increased my income almost $30k in 3 years, and launched my second blog this week. But, I’ve had my fair share of failures too. Jobs I applied for that I didn’t get and promotions I didn’t receive.
The difference between the two? Confidence. When I believed in my abilities, nothing stood in my way.
While it takes many things in combination to help you achieve financial success in your life, it’s only possible when you believe in yourself first. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in a year or five or ten when you do.
Today, International Women’s Day, is a great day to start. And every day from here forward is a great day to continue your efforts.
Learn more about personal finance, take control of your future, and achieve success. Believe in yourself and you’ll take the first step to ensure that the future for you and other women, is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.