Women in charge of their financial destiny

By Audrey Somnard Switch to French for original article

Women are living longer but amass less money over the course of their lives. Why? The problem is more complex than it seems, but one thing is certain: women need to take a closer look at their finances throughout their lives.

"I want to go to medical school in the United States and become a doctor… But I want to get married and have children soon", said a young woman after recording a podcast at the Journal. As if combining the two were not possible, that starting a long studies and a busy job would prevent her from having a family. This scene took place in 2021. Single young women considering putting the brakes on their career before it even begins. This scene was also told in Sheryl Sandberg's first book, "Lean In", where she encourages new recruits, single but already worried about juggling work and family, to focus on their present career, not a hypothetical future. She explains that she has made it a point of honor at Facebook to leave the office every day at 5:00 p.m., to take care of her two children and have dinner with them… To get back to working long evenings once they've gone to bed. A sacrifice that not all new generations are ready to make.

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