Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 05/11/2015

The Conversation All Rising College Freshwomen Need To Have

Financial literacy is crucial.

If you’re anything like me, words like “fiscal” and “economic” and “marketplace” have always been like a Muggle version of the Petrificus Totalus curse. Despite my disdain for the stereotype of women as financially illiterate, I couldn’t stop my eyes from glazing over whenever nitty-gritty conversations related to finance or money came up.

Then I started the college process and woke up to the truly horrific reality of soaring college tuition, seemingly inevitable debt and a crappy economy: the unholy financial trinity of attending college in this day and age.

It’s worth remembering that finance is a historically male-dominated industry, topic of conversation and concern: Until relatively recently, women had no access to their own money and remained completely financially dependent on men. Women’s financial autonomy …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 05/15/2014

What Young Women Really Need to Know About College

I went off to college my freshman year under the impression that I was headed towards the greatest experience of my life. Hastily-constructed college movies full of crappy dialogue and 30-year-old actors with perfect faces and bodies cast as 18-year-old freshmen had completely swayed my idea of what to expect, leading me to believe that instead of a liberal arts school in Manhattan, I was actually bound for some version of an orgy interspersed with classes like “The Sociological Impact of Mercantilism in Western Europe: 1600-1750″ (you know, practical, useful information that would directly impact and inform a later career). But it soon became clear that despite such unilaterally manic depictions of the college experience, it was in fact a far more complex transition, and one that was deceptively challenging …

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